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JAN 1946- DEC. 1946 

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December 30 - January 5» 1946 


The sua shone today and we found that about a 
foot of snow had fallen since yesterday. Our house 
guest, Miss Frlnek, being from California, had not 
seen auch snow and thoroughly enjoyed looking at it. 
She drew her chair up to the fire in the Barroom and 
sat cosily embroidering all afternoon. People noticed 
how well she fitted into the room. The pattern, done 
on a large piece of coarse linen, was worked in cross 
s ti teniae of different shades of red. Later, in the 
spring, she means to come back. *8ot that it will be 
any lovelier than it Is today, but I can see the Inn 
in a different aspect", she said. 

MOV DAI \ M > ( &AIS 

/\ x • v A hostess passing through the Washington Dining 

\' x Boca looked out of the window and beheld a most un- 
usual and amusing sight. One of our many squirrels 
that lire in the trees abound the Inn was awkwardly 
perched in the robin's nest in the barberry bush just 
^ outside the bay window. T.n a previous diary we wrote 
, about the robin and how she hatched her eggs there in 
the summer. The squirrel looked so silly, boldly 
sitting there with his gray bushy tail straight up 
in the air and his toe 3 sticking out because they 
were too large for the nest, lb was such a comical 
sight that she wished every one could have seen it. 
To add to the ridiculous sight, the red barberries 
were still hanging on the bush in festoons around him. 
He hope Mother Robin will make a new nest when she 
comes back in the spring. 




As the dawn broke orer the Inn this morning, the 
house saw the beginning of its .. 260th. year. A year of 
peace in which it will see many guests from far and 
near. The Mew Tear started with guests registered from 
all orer tine worldt London, Brazil," Oregon, Florida, 
California, Nebraska, Alaska, South Dakota and Texas. 
Among these were four distinguished guests namely, 
Colonel James Stewart who was recently discharged from 



D I A R I 
December 30 - January 5, 1946 
- continued - 

the Array Air Corps and has now returned to his previous 
position as a movie aetorj Burgess Meredith, also a 
movie actor noted for his fine impersonation of Ernie 
Pyle; Ruth Gordon, actress and author of "Over Twenty 
One", a very successful play; Qarson Kanin, stage 
director and author of *Bora yesterday** 


The thercwmefjer hovered around aero today and 
only a few courageous people ventured out. Five of 
them were ministers from Needhaa, amoung them our fre- 
quent visitor and friend, Hr« Condi t. After luncheon 
they held a meeting in the Barroom and discussed plans 
for establishing a recreation center where good fun and 
entertainment could be provided for high school students. 


Mr. and Sirs* Atkinson, our neighbors from the 
Sudbury Laboratories brought some dinner guests with 
them tonight, a young man in an Army uniform and his 
wife* After dinner the young couple asked if they 
might rim up and just look at the room they had when 
they first came here some time ago* Sir. Atkinson in 
the meantime explained that 'although they have * year <- 
old baby, they still have a very sentimental feeling 
for Jerusha. 


Two more former fayside Inn boys attended dancing 
class tonight, Peter Koaak, lately discharged from the 
Army and Roy Robinson in R&vy imif orm and due to spend 
20 more months in the service* Peter spent many long 
weary months in hospitals in Europe and England and 
Fort Devens because of a wound in his leg* Tt was 
wonderful to see him dancing a quadrille quite like 
his old self* The boys brought two former dancing 
school girls with them and having missed the ten o' 
clock bus, a pleasant hour was spent by the Barroom 
fire reminiscing* 

K\*M^6 i /or 

D I A R I 
December 30 - January 5, 19-46 
- continued - 


We seen to be having a January thaw with plenty 
of mud underfoot. A gay wedding party case in at noon 
and after receiving their guests in the large dining 
room by the fireplace, the bride and groom sat 
down with their friends and had luncheon* The long 
U- shaped table was decorated with yellow and wuite 
pom-poms while the wedding cake, candles and white 
pom-poms decorated -he bride's table* 

In the afternoon B?> and &rs. Harold Eowker and 
their four sons and three young ladies ate a steak 
dinner in the old kitchen. Three of the sons were in 
Navy uniform, one just bade from Okinawa two days 
before Christatas. Sir. Bowker was just beaming when 
he came to pay hie bill and said, "This is the first 
time in four years that the dinner table has looked 
right to me." 



D I A I 


The unusually warm v- r>.any gs -7 

among them some old irieno.s. First of 

ived for breakf* time .:. 

and his family from V&nceb'. l ine *:e. / 

in t f with box lunches to be i to 

New ?ork where they will r. 

Last night the Bowkers •:.. :e 

unable to have their fl y nitfbt dinner b 

might come Sunday* Sur* ie, & you:. 

man in tow end .sker c Qg green ■ 

red rose buds. Mrs* ] , a resident ry, 

arriv* inner cm in 

her very pror: & acctuit. "he has- rte 

found out that the caret,. 

been most faithful all the-e years an.. 3 be 

possible for her to go b; 


A recent mail brought aa .inexpec tant note 

from a devoted Way - jy. 

It immediately followed one of the big sr.o* ~t.or" ,cfe 

converted Ne* into a verit 

Dr. ./ was inspired anc 

charming way: 

■Dudburv ms% have been beautiful thi3 moi'.- 
ing v»hen all the v?orid was mantled in i 

itenes,-. 3e were Boston .he 

Pub .lie Garden. There vexe 
throngs eager to be^t the ardent mm. fnoy 
were . making poems i a 

■aking photographs and thinker 4 vag 


One of the odde its wx 

entrsnea v-here 

statue of Lower 

perfect cap and r 

whiteness- He was as serene as ever." 

D I A 
January 6-12, 194-6 
( : e< * ) 


Huburtus Prinz von Lo</ ier gi- ive 

us a very in; Life work* 

leader of the ?3 ia Germany 

but viien Hitler gaiasd p he was and 

went to i Lv. la ftn 

professor at Koiy Cross ( . In &&rea be t-o 

,m to Germany v. tn. A] 

other oc: he is a ok 

being, •Germans in Hit ' 



A fire 
tonight and the long trei t for 

red end white checked t^bie cloth brought f ■ the 

guests a pies relaxation, "Oh, now hoaelikei* 

Hrs. Brigham from Mar was th- 

her daughter Jacqueline, one of ou banned 

the family dine- -y delebratj . 

belong to ttu brigham F every 

year holds its ami'.' talon at t:. 

recalled the times when 

these reunions es the youngest member . a tall 

blonde no 1 - - ice 

;ther of our 
ister una he v two 

smaller Brighaa bo; u a friend, c 
at this Brigham Family ' a on. 


\ / \ft 

Twelvr on 

Junior College o. 
Boston today by plane- i to 

Inn and 5Jr» Vera <>■ en 

taking thf ^ures all over the 

house. lory Cla? - 

se«v .ae of mmK la 

Lte naturally into these old 


January 6 - 12, 194.6 
( continued ) 

rooms. Dr. Peter Sanuoartino, I . ge 

: his wife were supervising red 

pictures were taken and ohe 

costumes unci g&^e i fr ■• time 

venture a success. Picture fashioned dancing 

were taken with the in The oxen were 

brought out a&d hitched to a cart, s id 

coeches were drawn to the front, Ml where the 

camera caught the boys and girl ing in at and 

peeking from .vs. 

Friday \ I \\ 

W» were honorec ve as an overni. 

Miss Carmel Fhite, an Amt ... Cros^ :r, 

is known to the G.I.'s a. e war, 

"31S3 White was a prominent Broadway act: 
in many hits. at about t..r 

club work in Africa, Tta" , always 

right back of the front was such 

favorite ooys tJ y 

P.F.G. At one point they ssere re ' ner 

because she had a date a, tat as 

forgiven and she did not lose her race. 


SATURDAI \ / \ 2- 

One hundred i J%y gu 

eleven o'clock this mora: >r the 

of ''is 8 Mary Gurran who wa* M the day 

in Marlboro to Lieut. Colonel I , Kirk, The 

large dining room whs a gay mom a? a : iered 

wedding ..>..-. ori 

km sati rds 

of lavender and ye ms 

were usma / for t rlth 

oia which tr; ag cue :r :ie. 

Previous to the wedding 
held In the large ball room. 

January 13, to 19, 1946 , 


/aaong 250 dinner guests were two men who had interesting 
tales to relate* One was Villiam ft* Bodwell, son of William 
?• Bodwell, the artist who did a series of paintings of old 
houses in New i-Jngland whloh ware published in the Boston Herald 
in 1896* We have the one of the Inn framed and hanging in the 
lower hall* The son has his father *s original painting of the 
Inn and his sister has the original of the Inn by the brook* 

The other man was lir. Gowles who was thrilled to tell 
the story of his nephew who was stationed at the Naval Training 
Base &t Dearborn, Miohigan* He had just bought a ticket for 
the Symphony Concert when an officer offered him a bettor one 
in exchange* '-hen the young man arrived at the Hall, he was 
ushered to the Kresge box* During intermission* he was 
introduced to members of Ur. lord's family and after the 
concert they took him back to his Base* This pleased the boy 
immensely to have had such an honor bestowed upon him* 


Today's Boston Poet carried the following item dated 
January 13: 

"An elderly man, bundled against the chill wind, lingered 
at the gate of Bellevue Hospital today* A guard asked him if 
he had come to visit a patient* *No, * said the man, "I oame 
to pay my respects to the late Stephen fbster, t&o died exactly 
82 years ago today, in the charity ward here at Bellevue"* 
The visitor was Alexander H. Str&temann, of iJemphis, Tone., who 
said he has made the pilgrimage to the hospital gate for the 
last 20 years. "I'm an old banjo picker*, ho explained, "and 
my favorite songs are Stephen Aster's songB* Jhonever I pass 
through Pittsburgh, I visit his grave in Alleghany Cemetery to 
drop a rose on It* * 


Last week after we had had a few days of warm weather, four 
evening grosbeaks oame to share our seed with the other more 
ooramon birds. They stood out against their wintry surroundings 

ths * ays ids im 

January 13, to 19 v 1946 
- continued - 

with their plumage of groans and bright yellows especially the 
males. The two females had feathers of beautiful olive green. 
YJe identified them from a bird book and learned thai; they are 
very infrequent visitors ao far South* A guest informed us 
that they have been seen in Washington this winter in large 
numbers* Our grosbeaks were gone the nexc day when the oold 
weather oame back* 


Hews Item: " December 31, 1776, 15r. Chase, minister of 
Kittory, liaino, was frozen to death* A team of four oxen 

and horse and the driver were frozen to death on Boston Meek 
all standing up as were several other persons •• 

ihe Diary- 1st tries to refrain from using the weather as 
a news item but when thermometers fall to zero and below, the 
weather becomes the chief topic of interest* Guests in layers 
of warm clothes topped with bright mittens and scarf s, open 
the front door a oraok, peek in, then make a dash for the 
fireplace, where on the hearth a blazing fire crackles and 
sizzles in its effort to win a battle against the frigid tem- 
peratures* So far no one, as in the above item has been 
frozen to deathi 


Today seemed to be South Sudbury Day* Perhaps the publicity 
we are getting beoause of the coming visit of the UIIO delegates 
to the Inn b:as helped to bring our neighbors here and has stim- 
ulated their pride in the community* At any rate, a young 
business man stayed here over night and this morning, Mr* Post 
of Sudbury oalled to take Mr* Kievort to a factory in which they 
are both interested* Our guest could hardly be torn away from 
his breakfast, he was enjoying it so much, so his friend had 
quite a wait* Then iioj* Galvln Smith who lives on the estate, 
brought another officer and acted as his guide through the rooms. 
At luncheon, Mrs* Page of South Sudbury entertained four other 

The telephone company has Installed a transformer by the 
Gate House to take care of the eight telephones to be used by 
the Press which our famous visitors will be accompanied by on 


January 13, to 19, 1946 
- continued * 


Jar. Seotaann, a frequent dinner guest and, up until tonight 
a mysterious admirer of our pewter shinnii^* on the shelves 
behind the Bar, revealed the fact that his deep interest in 
pewter la booause of his hobby* This is making and designing 
pewter utensils himself* Ho gave ua an interesting account of 
how pewter is spun and not treated like other metals. 


Overshadowing all other activities at the Inn for many a 
day was the arrival this morning of the seven UNO oommittee 
men, who, after viewing Sudbury and the surrounding territory 
aa a possible permanent site for the United Nations Organization, 
returned to the Inn for luncheon. Their first arrival was 
was around eleven o'clock when three large buses equipped with 
telephones and radios, deposited most of the ninety-five 
lunaheon guests at our gate. Police oars then carried the 
delegates to the top of lit. Nobsoot. 

Shortly before lunoheon, a Press conference was held in 
the Parlor. Chairman Oavrllovio of Yugoslavia being interviewed 
eonoerning his impressions of Sudbury aa a desirable looation 
for lite small elty which will comprise the international head- 
quarters. During the interview, other members of the delegation 
including Dr. Hsu of China and George Soksln of Russia, Maj. 
Kenneth G. Younger of Great Britain, and Awnl Khalidy of Iraq 
aooompanied a hostess on a tour of the Inn. This was an 
informal ohatty disoussion of the various furnishings and 
historical features of the house) Dr. Hsu making several witty 
remarks which livened the oocasion and made it a delightful 
event. Dr. Oavrllovio, chairman, also expressed his interest 
in the Longfellow manusoripts surrounding him as he talked to 
the newspaper men* Also in the group were Sirs* Oavrllovio and 
Governor Tobin, the latter acting as host and playing the part 
to perfection. Altogether, it was a friendly } informal visit 
which needs to be recorded as one of the most historical events 
in Wayside Inn history. 

-following a luncheon whioh consisted of old-fashioned 
ohlekon pie, with dessert of apple pie, the delegates posed for 
photographers grouped near the Parlor fireplaoe where Longfellow 

January 13, to 19,21946 
- oonfcinucd - 

nearly a hundred yours a^o pictured his coven travelers* Then, 
as now. before the biasing fire of wood* sat seven men. working, 
yearning, striving for international good-will and peaoe. 

Dr. Shushi Hsu, China 

Dr# Stgyan Gavrilovic, Yugoslavia 

George Saksin, Russia 

Awni Ihalidy, Iraq 

Maj* Kenneth 0« Younger, Groat Britain 

Julia Looarte, Uruguay 

Francois Br lev, France 

Irs. Gavrilovic, aooompanled by her son, was aboard the 
City of Hew York when torpedoed in 1942. Floked up by a coast 
guard boat, Mcs. Gavrilovic arrived in New York under the 
shadow of this terrifying eatperienoe. Today she was charming 
in a black suit and hat which further enhanced her beautiful 
Southern European oomplexlcn* 

D I A 1 I 

. uary 20-26, 1946 


AX ^/^> PL 

Rev* Max Kapp • . John ^ere the advance guard*. 
•/. Kapp cosing down frost Canton, lav lork yes ti- 
ll* Dr. John traveled north fro arrivi 
early this morning. They talkc- -rk, fi 
friend.3 over break, lien Jte* Jo 
to his beloved G&ruen room. He v.i-jit iter a 
sorae train ride. But fev. &ap ^tigue. 
Before long lie had written a lengthy poem, inspired by 
past Retreats zna hi a return to the Inn. 

Winter Night 

%e gather ro«nd the birch built fire 
The winter blast without 
All fragrant is the smoking briar 
All carefree is the : hout. 

The treasured tale is proudly told 

I lusty i3 th; 
iio memory tale is 'eer too old 
No evening hour too long. 

At length the ash*? conquer flame 
The embers blacken ^low 
"Goodnight n is said for every name 
And to repose \-e go. 

Along about suppertime cr.uie the others* Calling 
Dr. Huntley and young Rev. Robert Lla.ce 

e, hi 3 hair slightly grayer each year, and Rev. Gus 
reining who gets his share of joshing, Rev 
rlaerson Hugh Lalone aha has this past year succeeded 
Dr. John van Scheie): as Editor of the Chris tian Leader, 
fiev. Herman Gehr, the "Oie Bull" of the . Never 
members are Rev. Charles I tan, Rev. Clinton L.^cott 
and Rev. Benjamin 3. Hersey. pull I 

curtain down on ■fti I Devotions" 1 .ke hands 
with Dr. Etss, the Scribe. 1 1 Rev. 

Ellsworth Reacion .Syracuse v.ill arrive Late* As we 
steal asay, the Fraters are once again in possession, 
singing hyans by the Kitchen fire. 9m Inn itself joins 

oily in the chorus. 

D I A I I 
January 20-26, Y)l£> 
- continued - 

&)NDAX */vl ,3W 

Sing, old Inn, singl A song of rejoicing that once 
again are gathered here tl fine sen. After corning 
Devotions and a talk on "Religious Liberaiisa in 
by Dr. John van -Scheie,;:, the fitmWfl I ..■■januts 

and fudge until luncheon %as announced. mm taken 
with spoonfuls of airth and laughter *;hich echoec. 
the house. In contrast is the Quiet Hour when soae 
retire to their rooms and others irrite letters. One is 
found in a comer by himself readi eok« Dr. Ccott 
spent his Quiet Hour in the ol<i Kitchen learning froa a 
hostess tiie use of various bad elements. 

ier on, the Praters became wore active as Rev, 
Ellsworth Reason started for Josephine Pond vdth skates 
and snow shovel. Dr. Eta was invited to take a walk. 
Said he, "Pa like Dr. Conant, President of Harvard, 
when he feels the urge to exercise, he goes and tics 
down; and lets it wear off J" 

At 4*30, an afternoon session wa r , the copic 
being "Dynamic Religion". Supper folic--, he 
evening program began. This, was enterl ;t 

informal nature, starting with an un— rehearsed playlet 
called "The Fixer". Briefly the fixer tried to fix the 
proverbial love af ■.er-in-ia» to be. 

Ll was enacted in the Parlor. Then art draapr 
in circle Lob and ■ spelll ?ued. Iv.itors 
and preachers fell to the foot of the ela~>s as Frater 
challenged Frater or some one unintentionally added a 
letter which completed a word. 

The curtain is drawn again as the Praters file 
towards the old Kitchen for livening Devotions. Pine 
sheathing and oak beams are to be envied as they listen. 


The Retreat is running at full speed. Tuenty iaen 
are here. Rev. Kapp leaves this evening as Rev. /iall&ce 

ke arrives, his first visit in three years. He has 
been off to China as an Army Chaplain and tonight will 


D I A ft I 
January 20 - 26, 1946 
• continued - 

talk of his experiences. In -lie saaatiao I Great 

prograr. ing as schedule 

Businc a ting v. 

cussiono. Rev. '-lax Kapp rev: - of 

rater -.ed "€bi uq Global 

Strategy". ook of 

hi3 ovm *hlc time 

ago. It 1-3 "The wiiile bei ^ok 

of the 

for the r raters, rea&rks . 
flown ? round freely: Re*. . 

book to *-rite a reviev :.or hiat. Pretty 
advertising I call it, in only a dollar." 
aev. Rose retorted: "I»v -er 

to write :r book I " 

Toe .: a day fo 
paved the or this one: 

m to caddie: ,: ^re jpoi 

Caddie: "Tor, of course.* 

jtchaan: "'; ell then, ■ 'ind a Fat •.". 

It i3 amazing caa turn from 

aood to another. 
innocent re-nark and turn it into a jo 

r« Ratcliffe: "I've got • .1" 

"Hurrah.' Put it in the safe, lock 
it u r :» 

-.n afternoon shade • into 

nikht, vhe Fraters are sober, 

-her once again in the old Kite! en. or i? 

closed e seems to be also 

sacred silence. 


I W2<3 COLD 

As ary, a Co^ffiunio" ice we: 

pino be lornirig, sho: 

goodbyes *rer or lun>. en 

took their leave. ore gone by id- ;.cej»t 

•Jr. John v.ho .itors of the A: .ed 

v-uch Press at dinner this ev Dr. John is one 


January 20-26, 1946 

- continued - 

the oldest members whose face and character are 
symbolic of all the Fraters, e^ of the at 
three who visioned the Wayside Ian , One of 

_~, unable to be present a „ceivinc; «g \. ion 

to this Retreat wrote: "Memory will to 

. ,3. I ifill 1 I bare. fro® 

the first and down through the years, . - 

Eov little e* dreamed, ihe littir ,ve 

over in the pung from fch* v/e 

would still be ; in II. b i>o the 


It must have been MM 
mot souls that the Retreat asun or it nev 
have grown mi it hay. 

In the quiet and peace of the old Inn, in the joy 
of brotherhood in the rare fellows- 

ship, \;e came clore to the eternal ai;u %ent back to our 
*>ork >,ith renewed purpose, strengthened faith and a 
quickened eagerness to minioter la our v-.rious fields 
for the upbuilding of the Kingdom." . . , 

TIIURSDAI \j_ K* ^*" tK^* -tT»r«r* CLOUDI 



A distinguished luncheon Boult 

jte in our Special Register, n A htful day". He 
has been guest conductor of toe Boston ay Orchestra 
and came here vfith two ll— ihuH'1.1 of the orchestra. 

A group of five ministers ana Jr.eir ll 

be having a vory jolly time ju we 

heard from the Lng roora at lunch time, re 
bidding good bye to Rev. aa. 

way back to Nanking, China whete they a 

These people were all from Kilford, :rs 

^ ^ reprecent|ng different them was 

a iiaivatlon Army B lass n , It. Terry S. DiiSarco. 

FRIDAY \Lf ■:;■. ;'.L.H 

Mr. Haynes taught the Highland Scfao to the 


D I A B X 

January 20 - 26, IM6 

- - ued - 

members of Us * It *«as & new 

:e for both the boys m :\e twelve ho. 

=d the els irera ■ 

the step: n» dance. 


rred Vim ts; flans 

:, Bott 

aared i: 

U were . journ -:ed 

i the un.Iergroun e thrilled 

to find tr . ir 

coat .a the . of 

the heckle to - :,oo, 

but their viord \. -e-s-e-I and pr. 

derived our v-ord frosa theirs* 


January 27 - February 2, 1946 


An unusually happy bridal couple, well 
sprinkled with confetti, arrived last night. 
they are enjoying the Inn wMch seems to interest them 
very much. They are Mr. and Mrs. Frederick la Jr. 

and were married in Needhara. A lovely picture of the 
bride in gleaming white satin appc 's Post. 

She ?/as Miss Maude Hoive, possibly a C Lent of the Inn 


MONDAY \\**4 

Recent week-end guests have been the following; 

Mr. Robert E. Hamilton of Dearborn, Michigan. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clement V« Orr Cter completing their 
honeymoon trip, will take charge of the Daniel Webster 
Birthplace at Franklin, New Hampshire. 

Dr. and Mrs. Wesley imber of Vellesiey, Massachusetts. 
Dr. Huber is New England secretary for the Evangelical 
Church Association of America. 



Travelling is not safe either on foot or on 
horseback or in an automobile. Roads, walks, steps, 
roof-tops arid trees are coated with smooth glittering 
ice. Only a few guests ventured forth. Among t. 
brave ones who came, rais a professor from the Worcester 
Institute of Technology. The ice reminded lie ftf 
another ice storm in New Haven 11 the families 
living on "their" street cleared off their omi front 
walks, except one slack neighbor. He let layer upon 
layer of ice and snow accuamulate through the winter. 
Exasperated small boys put up a sign - "Ccorg- ington 
slipped here!" 

I I it I 

January 27 - February 2, 1946 
- continued - 



»• Rucker reached 111 her Bad to- 

out a pair of piyers, every Ln the room _ooked on in 

asttiaeaeat. Major Rucker, noticing the ether guei; 
explained that his islfe loves because she is a iwpi 

carver. Then "rs. Foxcker tc interesting facts 

about her studio in Eentf'ield, California and said that 
although she is a whittier at heart, the large,, of 

her ?fOrk at "fete studi o ia carving £M& designin t Lde 

from her raork at the studio, -he man- o S|»bm1 one 

day a week teaching her craft to boys in Aray and levy 



The appealing note of the coamuni cation 
below is further enhanced by large childish handwriting. 
Every letter of every word is painstakingly written in 

Dear Sirs: 

are re. fUmxy Wadsworth 
Longfellow T s poem, The I ay side Inn". Cur 
class has been thinking o.f having a meal 
there. We have been wondering if i I 
possible bo have die old Colon- Ml, 
and what it would copb, staid you Ceil us? 
We would be very grateful if ycu did. 

Is the coat of arms still In -he 
"R e d Horse?" I should like to know. 

Sours tare] 

Clare i :>& 



January 27 - February 2, 1946 
- continued - 



In October 1942, "r. Trm .,- of Moyla 

Pennsylvania visited the Inn and was hereby inspired to 
write a poea. His daughter, on a recent visit, offered 
to Fend the p©«a for our Historical file. Here are the 
last three verses: 

A pleasure trip to Boston 

■ ili never be complete 
Unles: one visits the Wayside Inn 
And sees the flock of sheep 

That graze upon the hillside 
Near the old Grist Mill 
There* s the little red school house 
And the church upon the 

Surrounded by the oaks 

The maples and the birch 

Zou'll never find a more peaceful spot 

Ho a&tter where you search. 

-JURBAI 'M 1- i" COLD 

From a Frater — expressing the sentiment 
all Vfho attended the 194-6 Retreat. 

"Every year the Fraters say 'The best Retreat 

we ever had 1 I 

Oar gatherin-; of 1946 was a happy one, 

largely due to a generoi.. Jit of thoughtful- 

ness and courtesy. 

Like your other visitors, I am d*ep\y grateful** 


February 3 - February 9, 1$& 


Army sad Mary uniforms continue bo be seen around 
the Inn, not as numer.' as dur b War, but a 

good many of them on service men an 

men are gayer and as&3 re heavily deeorat. 

with foreign service bars. Occasional!,, 
talk about his experiences. Afri re 

spoken of with as such intimacy as Bostion or Mmt fork. 
Recently a*i interesting eoftparison was observed by a 
©an in the Air Corp 

ratchet which was used by our ancesU; .<ning 

help, ?-hen twirlle: its wooden hi it 

»akes a loud and terrifying •, the 

very sasae sort of instrument was used, als »n 

alarm. It was an Bag: contribution to . .-:. t. 

Soldiers were instr. iy when a 

gas attack was expected. It- 

signal to l&ined 

our guest, was the use of small shee . tet&l, paint; 

olive drab. Gas in the atmosphere WMild burn . .ve 

drab into a bright red color, these sheets were scat- 
tered about the t 
quite as effective as our Grandfather's rmt 


Yesterday and today a mall, curly-haired dog liae 
been running around the outside of t- te 

evidently lost, and sniffing at peoples* heel.? i* 
vain attempt to t&M master; 

Sunday crowds, he was taken Her room 

where he made friends of all vho p* h with 
his appealing little v-ays. .-'. numbei' on his license tag, 
half obliterate,;., finally enabled us to find the ©er. 
after many telephone calls to ' at. When we called 
Farley's Diner, they said, "les, ,. Does 

he answer to the name of Tippy ' ,/nt over. 

He*s been gone for a wet hen the o re as, 
a young high school girl, arrived, hifl joy was p&lhetic. 
He leaped high in the air, sailing a do when r 



D I A R t 

February 3 - February l, 19-46 

- continued - 

To cuiet his, his distress finally tofu-ed him her big 
red ?xltten and he vaat dovai the path carrying it in 
his mouth, a perfectly contented dog. 


Jerome Howe, Junior, rcester, a direct 
descendant of Eaekiel fio^e, made his first visit to 
the Inn today and found it much sore ±rr than 

he had anticipated. His father had a hand in writir. 
the "Howe geneology". 

A young woman who had recently been disofeargt 
from the Army Kurse Corps told some . cs 

about the Moslems ■ started on • tour through the 
house today. She had taken :3lems in tu: 

overseas hospital and described them as a peculiar 
people. id that they -articular iy fussy 

■at their hair. It is coal L to 

reach to their knees. They never Mjfa it. It is oiled 
instead. They tie it up in a feorfe 

side and two and one half yards lev ving the turban 
is an art in itself. 

Accompanying the -hove ?;ed youn^ Array nurse 
was Captain Eoswell Currie from near San Antonio, 
He seemed to appreciate old New Ingland ho spit. 
when leaving said, "I'll 3 top by July or Augv 
1947." He is on leave from Kureaburg,, Germany. 

ishhesdai icr 

The Boston Post has a column t .bout our little 
red school heu;o. It seem; 1 Newport, 

New Hampshire made the statement, over a radio broadcast 
that Mary Sawyer of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" fame, tols 
born in Newport and that the school house was originally 
located there. Residents of Sterling, Mas 
who rightfully claim the heritage, are "up in arms" 
and have sent the Mayor several letters and telegrams 


d i a a i 

February 3 - February 9, 1946 
- continued - 

along with proof that Mary was bor oeriing and stating 
that the sehool house was moved in 1927 to the- Wayside Inn 


Mrs. Huber, our house gu»ft previously «en tinned in 
the diary, has been, bringing in dried weeds and branches 
with cones from her . r walk twice 

a day but on account of the ice aaa ap snow are not 
able to go very far. She always ■ I thing 

interesting and beautiful ever fa it la eless 
spray of golden rod or last summer's ted 

some asters a delicaDe blue and they m- 

ation with the soft brown of 

bowl holds some stalks of sumach, the velv*. it plums 
making quite a splash of color agains t the white panelling 
in the Parlor* 


"flank" Muser, the star half-back ut 

football team during 1941 - 1943 , was a dinner guest 
evening and also an onlooker a-. . Ae ndw 

comes under the title of Major and has ) iling 

experiences since he has been in the Army* He was in 
command of a straffing ..■•iron conn;. .ith the 8th 
Air Force. He is going back overseas la March. The boys 
in the dancing class applauded enthusiastically when 
Mr. Haynes introduced "Hank". 


A very nice wedding breakfast was served in the old 
Dining room this morning after the wedding party had 
motored over to the Inn from Hudson. The bride, in pro- 
verbial i :atin, cut a . tiere xng cake 
and distributed it among s. 

tl Griggs from Wellesley College was here for 
luncheon today end brought v*ith her a lady from the French 
Department, iladame i in very broken English and 
jokingly declared that "Thees is the place I like best in 
America. Williamsburg next.!" 



: yaxsibe urn 

D I A R I 

- 16, I94& 

SUNDAY 2-1 10 PLEAS;. 

Little Penny Hall pas our guest of the day, her 

shining no 

jump r _ room to room* 

her in pensive nood staudj :;e or 

.deniy runnin bairs to i 

looked o- .■ - ■ a quaint dark 

dress with crisv out from rneafch. 

Pessa tight at of the Howe fssily 

j^. - Penny Borne ....... s her real 

is is Carol Ann flail and er father an MB* 

have the very same last iiarael 

MCSJDAI 2_l \\ UK 

Bill ii>arly, now in civic-:, zc -.1 
inches above his noth. aited for . r yester- 
day. Bill said that while in I a) he had 

grown a quarter of an inch! 

A tiny new baby of two Boat •fully 

in our old pine cradle pre or, 

Lieutenant D. . . plained that I 'a naae 

is Copier on. Cazieron is * - as Lly aaas. 

Two robust ;.-• 1 Air Corps Lieutenants 
caiac to lunch this noon. Alt,- 

the house, faseina* Jh& earl iurnishi, 


the ovl« ile 

- "it 
just like riti ° "Gee," said I 

n V b to be oa Ln on ti or 

an inqt. . iter a 

d, !; Wa r than 

rubbing two i com bog the answer, 

H ul: 3 tie v . the 

tne at 



February 10 - 16, 194-6 
- continued - 


Miss Kathleen Clinton of a was the chaperone 

this evening for a group of m University girls at a 

Rushing Party, The new stealers nn treated royally in 
sr to impress thera with the honor of lnlongtlg to such 
roup. A turkey dinner, followed by a tour of the house, 
formed the ereninr' vent mad J/^cer the girls 

sang lustily the piano in the BallHMKau B 

invitations to th<2 dinner were in the shape of our Redstone 
Schoolhoutt: axxd . pottery iaftbs were the favors at 

h place. Hr*« Holraes, the woff charging hostess 
;gias Tavern in hortha; a hou<- : t and entered 

into the high spirit that pr&railod) oven bo taking the 
tour of the house with the girls. 

t— wntr i\ \ H fair 

A quiet young couple, but one loud in their 
praise of the Inn, are Lieu 

of Chicago. The Lieutenant has just returned fro^a over- 
seas and while "out there" dreamed of just L 
as the Iiv i ■ has walked ■ lies nxrrowj 
country and has on joyed especially the Colonial chars 
and antiquity. One of t;. in Aaerican history M 
adiaired by the Lieutenant li ovdicoh, the 

grsat authority on Navigation ,wbo revolutionized the 

kee sea captain 1 :; raethod of soiling* In fact, the 
Graves spent a long time studying th. itch chart 
which hex n the well in the Bar-iv 



Instead of t . I Boys 

School gave a Volenti; tonight. The Ball-room 

was festooned villi yay red and wki reamer.. ~ed 

hearts hung frotn the chandeliers - .ted the nail. 

The girl;: Mao in for it tire. ! ■&& 

been bloving hard - almo vree - very tiao 

front door , a group of Literally blew in 




D I A R I 

February 10-16, . . 
- continued - 

with a swirl of their lone full skirts. lynes sad 
his orchestra, ice cream and cake durin,:; the intermission 
isade the affair a real party. In fact, tfce o- 

. Tied and 2>riated by the boy&, called it a Valentine 


Tt?o d&aawra were served in the Old Kitchen 

during ;ast week; the i : is on : 

«hen I Libbv ortained for a party of 

:ond «as on Trl<'. m, ten boy Ls 

the "Tales of a :■ &hc -Jedhaaa 
Country Buy School, set in 

around the old ■.-lily of a chicken 

luncheon sbich ended ' tan 
pudding » 


February 17 - 23, 1946 


Last Friday the annual "Winter Week-end* began at 
the Fay School in Southboro. Mr* and Mrs. Franke, Mr. 
and Bra* Aidrich and Mrs* Larter, parents of some of the 
boys, made the Inn their headquarters for tine festivities. 
Many f avorable remarks have been made regarding the 
presentation on Friday evening of "The Mikade". Saturday's 
program included a Ski race, skating dashes and a potato 
race between fathers and sons. The day ended with a for- 
mal dance. Today was a free one for the boys so many 
came over to the Inn for dinner bringing classmates and 
friends with them. Fathers and mothers look d on 

HQIDAI l\\& Com 

A poem was received recently from Mr. Harry H. Lang 
of Mew fork who spent a few days here a short time ago. 
The poem, however, was written on Thanksgiving Day of 

The glint o { the sun * cross 

the water 
As I stood by the pond this morn 
Illumined not only the landscape, 
But my thoughts which had been 


By His graeiousness was I permitted 
To rest in this peace from the dins 
Thanksgiving Day was indeed happy 
In the mellowed, old Wayside Inn. 

T9ESDAI 7u\\°\ CLOUD* 

Hayside Inn-ers are interested in the cover pages of 
four current periodicals. They are as follows: 

"Time" magasine for February 4th. This has a fine 
colored picture on it's front cover of Mr. fienry Ford 
and Mr. Henry Ford II. 


D I A R X 
February 17 - 23. 3 

- continued - 

The February 3 & W Ways - a rar buLl«tia| 
Boston and Worcester- _rst 

!, a photo of Geo i's coach. 

The Christian Leader for T'obri.. n it's 

cover a pencil sketch or a sailinr vessel. roc? 

it's aast is a large f] d UKO. On the shore are 
crowds of people this "Ship . .lie 

wt right corner are the t 'S 

poen "The Building oi the Ship". 

"Humanit: all it's j 
With all ttn »s of future 

Is hangi- A tt 

"Contact", the ?.o; Jew ftagiand 

Power 3yst- it' 3 cov -he 

February issue to Thomas -•/ are 

photographed in froat oi o at the 

Inn. The man is poin>. m plate 

door, "Edison". 

!:■ - . - ' . , / v. m 

Ins the Winter 

night. He | on the front step of this a :;i>el*y 

and beheld a icir. 

es out- 
.)«d by a narrow strip of s f 

like tomb ss on a cola , ag 

grave • '« Or like sottrners *ere 

trees, now sad i he 

ir friend , >3- 

pre?~ felt a o , aeliness, 

of sadness too. eyes were raised to the sky. 

. above Ida were hundreds oi tv .; stars. 

They seenc . an.; softly xiev will 

return, Sunsser will re turn I" 


D I A E I 
February 17 - 23, 1946 
- continued - 



This Is the ere of George Washington's Birthday and 
a party is scheduled in the large dining room for one 
hundred and fifty guests* the hour has arrived, but £he 
guests here not I We are reminded of what George Washington 
himself said about his Terr efficient cook. She neve a: asked 
"Bare the guests arrived, but has the hour arrived t* The 
hour has arrived and Wayside Ian cooks are ready; the tur- 
key dinner has beea prepared and is ready to serve* 

The guests have arrived - a bit late, but their dinner 
is piping hot and enjoyed by all* They (a Dramatic Club 
from Walth&m) mill dance in the Ball room and feegln their 
celebration of George Washington's Birthday at the famous 
Inn where he once stopped* 


Ask a school boy chat guest hero came to the Wayside 
Inn and he mill answer "George Washington 8 . >He gave his 
life for his country* So did Joseph Tenditti. On this 
Washington's Birthday, 1946, let us honor Joseph Venditti 
smother Wayside Inn guest who belongs in tb>s list of our 
country's heroes* Joe graduated from the Boys School, 
class of 1942 and mas executed by the Japanese almost a 
year ago* It is traditional to remember George Washington 
but let us not forget Joseph Yenditti. 


Sirs* Charles Bclclss and her 3-yeat old son, Tommy were 
here this afternoon with Tommy's grandmother and two friends. 
Tommy had been here before* The first time, he stayed a few 
days and learned all about the house and furnishings* His 
mother read him Samuel Chamberlain's book and showed him the 
pictures of the Inn* Today Tommy seemed quite capable of 
conducting his grandmother and friends on a tour* This he 
did in a most entertaining way; pointing to a few familiar 
objects in each room with his tiny little forefinger* 




lk of February 2y, I 

mm 2-!*^ cloudi 

& pleasant farewell t;ss bid the Inn oy 
~s. Gerdau and daughter of 84* v'or depart.: 
thip morning after a visit of ssnraral days* r 'y boy has 
just entered St. Mark; erdau, 

will bo there for six years, ?-o I expect you will see 
us often and we sill become good friends*'. oss 
thought a very favorable start had be- b tofcsu 
such a friendship. 

Dr. John van na of the eldest saabers 
of the Fraters group and author of the book which porta 
the life and character of the in she told the "Tales of 
a TSayside InnJf, v;as a] so a week—end guest and e& 
sever? I copias of his book. 7. 
desk and many request 

ma *\?-* m 

nuel Chamberlain vms the saJear toru 

at Professor Sohs&tf after iflnaar .r in t 

Old Kitchen. Mr. Chamberlain must have been In j . na, 

judging by the laughter wbich case from the group all 

-ugh the evening. He atefcav of aot Eoaa 

out-standing tori: over- 
fellow 1 s Wayside Inn - ' Carasra Impression*, has baa 
aentioned many : riee. Although very 

genial and friendly, he is a modest - t in l 

background as much as po le 

to telle to him about his forth. a GBdfll - 

stfind will be about eating places. 

mn A v* cloudx 

.:■. and Mrs. Thorn? L. Monro* ~ re 

guests for the i&eek. ,he 

. ^ierce Company for thirty years, in c 11 

idow decorations. He revealed the fa< p- 

any spends a lialf a ■Ulion i lor vdLndow 

displays la Uieir five stores. ced 

their one hundr and many antique e usad 

in connection with the event. Hr« Monroe ;>aid tiiat 
several fine pieces were borrowed from the Inn. 



D I A R I 
V.eek of February 25, 1946 
- continued - 

*S»JESDA2 2-f £~j tt MS 

In spite of very ad ham driving 

conditions, a wreath of juniper _es 

-id upon Longfellow's grave at I arn 
Cemetery today. ruary 27, 

one hundred and thirty-nine ye o. 

Not siany ventured forth on y, but 
the evening we did hive • few dinner hes 

Mr. a -s. Cutler and Mr. and Mrs. roa 
Waylaid. They live on nurd's Island Is :he v\- -ne 
which Thomas *« Parson Poet of . 

/'-id© Inn") often visited. Be wrote e to 

of the three girls of the I Le 

pbell. St. Cutler says that Mary - Lley is 

still living nearby and proi sors differ- 

ent mementos? of the poet - first editions, or 
manuscripts, the fc here be translation of 
Dante pecially her poc. called "Boxy dine 

of Carsp Bello". rz old now but has many 

recollections of the Inn where ten mom to dance. 


A late February sun-set projected shades of 
pink and red 11 over the Inn this afternoon. The red 
horse on the sign I Bet only red but 04 )riilient 
red and seemed a bit uore lively ftftd gayer than usual. It 
was as if he knev teat a guest inside ■ ,ing from a 
book called "English Inns" and had just reached a eeetari - 
tion of Inn sign-boards. She retdi 

'•ten, with the spread of learning, and the 
naming and numbering of streets, the sign emi 
longer necessary, it was general!. 
The Inn alone retained this form o - ' Id .ntifi cation. 
It has never effaced iteelf in an taper 
street number, and opers have always jealously 
guarded their right to a particular sign, and have 
always given much thought isnd fancy to their sign- 
boards and supports, ml made tht rid 
welcome features e v /s and ms 3." 


Heek of February 25, 1946 
- continued - 

Then the ga d out the window to see 

if our did 3lgn fas still swinging in the breeze. 
this point the sun threw ■ Last bright bee;: m old 
weather-beaten board and the red horse began to praam* • < 

H And half effaced by ad shine 
The red horse prance.: .:." 


xllianis of Hewton • .a adn&rer 

of the Inn, often brings her guests to see the 

Tcdciy, she brought firs, Silon fi rurkey 

:»ec: tsub interertcd and boi .to 

be sent home- " . who have been 

this country since 194-0 attend" rious colleges. 

/ vere getting lonesome rod so their mother has come 
here to be neur them for a while. 


During the month i ruary, several other 
guests registered from far- were 

. tl 

:ckholn, Sweden 

iudi, Art' 
.:-dli, Bahrein I&lsm q Gulf 

oila, Philippine Islaa 





Many modern hotels invite you to dine in the M Paui Revere 
Room" or in "Ye Early American Room". All such are of the 
same general pattern. You sit in a hard, uncomfortable repro- 
duction of a Windsor chair. Your meal is served on a highly 
polished "trestle" table. While eating you gaze upon a colored 
mural picturing the Frigate "Constitution" or the Battle of 
Bunker Hill! Compare this to our Old Kitchen where tonight 
a dinner was served to eight guests. They entered a genuine 
old pine sheathed room, a brisk fire on the hearth, a long 
trestle table adorned with red and white table cloth and for 
a center piece, a pewter bowl full of pussy willows. Which 
room would you choose? 

March 3-9, 1946 


From a school teacher: "In July, 1941, I visited the 
Wayside Inn and my pupils still find my account of the little 
school very interesting." 

Mr. Duncan (frequent guest) said to his wife: "I want 
to take you on a little vacation to Bermuda". 

Mrs. Duncan: "Why go to Bermuda when there is a Wayside 

One ex G.I. to another: "Isn't it great not to find this 
place as commercialized as all those sight-seeing places in 

Small child pointing to the brass clock-jack for turning 
the spit: "That's a pastry mixer, isn't it Mom?" 


Mrs. C. S. Willard is a jolly, full-of-fun puest who 
wanted to prove to us that she could be serious. Consequent! 
last Christmas she wrote the following: 

The Wayside Inn was indeed an inspiring picture this 
night* as from every window a flame-colored candle 
extended a veritable "fairyland" welcome. Then 

suddenly, beyond the Inn, we saw "A Great Light* 

standing in it's simplicity in radiant alabaster 
purity, the slender spire m if pointing to God. The 
little church of "Martha and Mary", known as the 
'Children's Church" where, only they are the little 
ministers dispensing God's word. As we gazed rever- 
ently on this floodlighted, modest sanctuary, it seemed 
indeed a symbol of the Eternal promise of God. 
Inspired and mentally refreshed, we returned home, 
physically aided by the Inn's excellent cuisino and 
spiritually with the never failing message o *i love." 


Mrs. Frank Brown of Soraerville recalled the many childhood 
-3 wnich she had spent here with "Cousin Cora". JJer mother- 
in-law, Mrs. Carrie N. Brown of Vulbrid^e, ;vfaine, a visitor for 
the first time, was very interested in her tale as were the rest 
of us. 

As a girl, Mrs. Brown used to come to the Inn for two weeks 

D I A R I 
March 3-9, 19A6 
- continued - 

vacation in the Summer with a girl friend. They always slept 
in the room we now know as the room in which Lafayette's valet 
slept. Their favorite past times were horse-back riding and 

While looking through the Inn, Mrs. Brown recognized many 
of the articles which belonged to Cousin Cora Lemon. 


The following id written with apologies to Matthew Prior 
who, after an absence of some years, revisited an old English 
Inn. Picture here, a traveller returning to the old Red Horse 
in Sudbury after an absence of one hundred year y I 

"Come here, my sweet landlady, pray how de do? 
Where is Lyman, the Landlord and Margy and Jo* 
And where is the brother that built here below 
And the black boy, a hunch back, about a century ago? 

Why now let me die Sir, or live upon trust 

If I know to which question to anwer you first 

Why things since I saw you, most strengely have varied 

The black boy is free and the brother is married j 

And Miargy has gone tc «n old witch's heaven 

And Lyman Howe died at half past eleven. 


The first real signs of approaching Spring are here. A 
robin comes to the feeder every day for his lunch. The little 
white snowdrops have burst forth outside the Old Kitchen win- 
dow. Pussy willows have been brought in for table decoration. 
Children bring their jump ropes with them and one tiny tots 
their colorful balloons. Sure signs that Spring is just around 
the corner. 


A proud mother introduced a little pink bundle recently 
as one of our "repeat" guests. The baby first came to the Inn 
when eight months old. Now she has passed the first year mark. 

1 :her explained that while looking over "her" first pictures, 
she was reminded of the Inn and decided to come again. 

3|^ \K\**\r\ 



March 10-16, 1946 


The disappearance of the snow together with sunny 
blue 9kies lured many visitors out to the country today. 
Three hundred and eighty-five meals wers served and over a 
hundred sight-seors wandered through the house. An elderly 
man standing in the hall waiting to be called for dinner 
told the hostess at the door that he was interested in the 
fires bin \ wuudl'fiLl Tul*T^ g and wondered if we ever put any- 
thing on to make theniHiir colorful. She said, "Sometimes." 
With this encouragement, the guest pulled some large cones 
out of his pocket and laid them in the bottom of the corn 
sheller. Later on, during a quiet spell, one of the cones 
was placed upon the fire and we enjoyed watching the green 
and blue flames which lasted all evening, reminding us of 
our kind friend. 


Everyone has been enjoying the visits of our 
various feathered friends, Many of them come to the feeding 
station daily for their meals while others just drop by en- 
route. All winter we have had Nut Hatches, Chickadees and 
English Sparrows, but now that spring is well on it's way, 
we have been welcoming back many others such as Cat Birds, 
Wood Thrushes, Red Wing Blackbirds, Downey Woodpeckers, 
Juncos, Purple Finches, Song Sparrows, Bluebirds, Robins 
and a Grasshopper Sparrow. 


Yesterday one of our "old' - boys came back to help 
in the Kitchen. He is Tony Angelico, one of the nix who left 
here to enlist before Pearl Harbour. He has come back with 
the latest ideas about cooking and how to cut meats. He and 
Mrs. Guiler, our new dietician, are going to make a fin» tiam 
we think. 


If the reeder of the Diary had stepped into the Bar- 
room this evening he would have seen, sitting on the settle, 
a smooth-shaven, mild-mannered man in gray suit who, upon being 
introduced, would speak in a particularly soft, quiet voice. 
He would never, voluntarily, tell you his tit i.e. itore likely 
he would csll your attention to the vride boards in the floor 

D I A R T 
March 10-16, 1%6 
- continued - 

or ask if you had seen the pine sheathed Kitchen. Perhaps 
he would compare the spaciousness and grandeur of a 17th 
century English Palace with the low studded, modest rooms 
of the Inn - for Mri Edwin J. Hipkiss is an associate 
Director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and under his 
jurisdiction is the famed Early American Wing. He comes 
to the Inn three or four times a year. Is it necessary 
to say that Mr. Hipkiss is one who thirroughly enjoys every 
aspect of the Inn's antiquity? 


Marian W. Emerson was a mentally sick person when 
she came to the Inn two years ago. Here as a guest, she 
would assume the role of hostess and in her gracious way 
explain the Inn and it's most interesting features to anyone 
she met. Formerly the Society editor of & Worcester paper, 
Miss Emerson sought rest and relaxation and spent many a 
long summer day walking in the Longfellow graden or sitting 
on the front porch. Finally she went to a Rest Home and 
subsequently to a Hospital. Today's mail brought a type- 
written letter from this very pathetic friend | every 
paragraph entertaining and interesting. Here is one: 

"The patients have been making the St. Patrick's 
Day cards and one is a very workable Ford car... 
A young colored boy in the library yesterday was 
looking at the green Lincoln-Ford new model and 
there was worship in his face. 'That f^istuh Ford*, 
he said, 'makes a car the po' man can have.' It 
was eloquent." 


This morning ? ir, Rhodes and Larry, the man -of -all 
work, arrived to take :Irs. Rhodes home after her long visit 
here of seven weeks. Threatened with hospitalization, 
vrs. Rhodes decided to cure herself with the help of her 
husband, a noted Psycho terapist and her doctor. Long hours 
every day were spent sitting out of doors in sun or rain or 
snow, on our side porch, doing nothing but watch the birds 
and squirrels, the sunns ts across the field or Just the 
changing gray mists- on cloudy days. She sprinkled seed near 
her chair and the birds would come quite close. W« shall 
miss her cheery presence, her cries of joy at the first 
bluebird, the stars on a clear night or the Chapel spire 

March 17-23, 1946 


Yesterday the sad news of Mr. Campsall's death came 
to us. It is hard to realize that we shall never see 
him again. His genial smile with the merry twinkle in 
his eye, his quiet manner are familiar to us all. We 
shall remember him always as a kind and understanding 
friend who can never be replaced. 


Again our favorite gray squixrtil showed off ibr the 
guests. This time he sat in the feeding station sorting 
the seeds and eating the sunflower seeds exclusively. 
It was surprising that he could be so choosey in these 
times of food shortages. Be was much annoyed by the 
Nut Hatches sneeking down the tree to snatch what food 
they could, so he laid down in the feeder covering all 
but a very small space where he ate. When the greedy 
squirrel finished the ground was ;rhite with the shucks 
from the sunflower seeds. 



Five baby lambs entered the world via the Wayside 
Inn sheep barn last Sunday night and this evening were 
serenaded by a little three year old who sang loud and 
lustily - "Mary Had a Little Lamb w . The solo was rend- 
ered in the old Bar-room, but with windows wide open, 
letting in balmy Spring breezes, we are sure some of 
the melody floated across the meadow and reached the 
tiny white ears of our new arrivals. The soloist of 
the occasion was Master Spadea whose father, an Army 
Captain, was among the audience who stood spell bound 
as every verse of the famous song was sung. The little 
voice went on and on with hardly a breathing space. 
Finally the song ended with a deep toned Baaa-a! 


In the Parade Magazine for March 10th are to be 
seen the pictures taken here in January of the boys and 
girls of the Farleigh Dickinson Junior College in 



March 10 - 16, 194-6 

- continued - 

which she could see from her window standing in pure white 
against the dark sky. We all crowded to the door to say good- 
bye and each one received a special word and then "^Yell here 
go the record breakers I Good-bye I n and they were off. 


Mrs. Forgie of Auburndale entertained about thirty 
of her friends here this evening. They filled themselves to 
capacity with Roast Turkey and then retired to the Ball-room 
where they entertained themselves with Early American Dancing. 
They were well acquainted with the old steps ^nd did them 
very well. 

March 17 - U, 1946 
- continued - 

New Jersey. The students are seen in all kinds of poses, 
at the Mill, walking to the Chapel and then in costumes 
talking by the Bar-room fire, churning in the Kitchen 
or singing around the spinet in the Parlor. This was 
part of their English Literature course and to quote one 
of the girls, "Education is a wonderful thing, especially 
when it includes a plane trip and a week-end visit to 
the most famous Inn in Hew England." 


Never was the first day of Spring more welcome. It 
was greeted with cheery words and bright eager faces as 
many old Wayside Inn friends flocked in for Luncheon. 
Everyone remarked about the warm sunshine and the grass 
turning green and the blue sky over head. A parson 
whose name is Parsons said in a half apologetic way, 
"Why, you know, I have just prayed for weather like this". 
The contrast of this beautiful warm day with the many 
cold, dark days of Winter, made us feel as if it were 
time for a prayer of Thanksgiving. 


FRIDAY <>\ VZ, 983 VAM 

Major and Mrs. Baumgartner of San Francisco have 
been spending a few days here. At first we thought 
they were on their honeymoon but later we learned that 
they had been married nine years and that they were the 
parents of two children. Major Baumgartner is on term- 
inal leave from the Army. 

Mrs. Burgess after walking thru the house said, 
"Oh, of all the old places I've been in, I like Wayside 
Inn best of all. I guess it's the atmosphere." 


Parties seem to be the predominating news today. 
This noon time we had a lovely birthday party. Twelve 
very well-behaved young ladies sat at a long table in 
the old dining room. The favors consisted of colorfull 
baskets filled with candy and nuts. The cake was 
beautifully decorated with appropo* daffodils and pussy 
willows. \ yp 




D I A R I 

March 17 - H§ 1946 

- continued - 

Tonight fourteen people had a gala affair in the 
Old Kitchen. Mrs. Melvin Douglas, the Democratic Senetor 
from California ^was the guest of honor. The place cards 
were very lovely. They came from Mexico and each was 
white with a colorful parrot made of real feathers on it. 
A large wooden bowl filled to the brim with bright red 
apples was the centerpiece. The soup was served in pewter 
bowls and to add a little humor, the coffee was served 
in mustache cups to the men. 


D I A R I 
March 2k - 30, 1946 


The signatures in our guest book are proof of what 
a beautiful spring day it was. Visitors came from 
Canada, Florida, Texas, Michigan, California, and 
practically every other state in the union. Dinner was 
served to four hundred and twenty five people. 

Today we learned something new about old New England 
houses. One of our guests told us that the different 
classes could be told by the number oi Dutch ovens in a 
man's house. A man sith only one oven was considered 
very poor indeed. Also he observed that our fire 
buckets were incomplete. Inside the buckets there should 
be a canvas bag which could be taken out and used to put 
valuable articles in, in case of fire. Around the rim of 
the bucket was a piece of metal used in opening windows. 


This evening Mr. iiarkuson gave a dinner party for 
the choir from the Evangelical Covenant Church in 
Cambridge. The table was very colorful with place cards 
of blue, red, green, orange, yellow, and purple with a 
contrasting colored basket filled with peanuts. Scattered 
here and there were large notes and "G" clefs cut from 
colored paper. lellow candles illuminated the tables. 
After dinner the choir sang lustily. 


Some two tined forks, two pot hooks and an, as yet, 
unidentified small hook with wood handle, arrived by 
mail today from liss Mary Church of Arlington, Mass. 
Possibly the small hook was used for hooking ru^s. We 
do not have one of these and it will make an interest- 
ing addition to our collection of other small gadgets, 
such as clothespins, sulphur matches, bullet molds, 
adders and wheel boys. 


This morning as Stirs. Guiler was walking over to 
work, she spyed a wisp of bright yellow just over the 

March 24 - 30, 1946 

bank in back of the Inn. Thinking it was possibly the 
first cowslips, she hastened over to get s closer view. 
When she got within a few feet of them, she was startled 
by the rising of five pheasants close by. Recovering 
her second wind, she went closer and saw that they were 
daffodils Instead of cowslips. The few she picked added 
much life and color to the breakfast table. 


This evening, the Inn once again was host to a group 
of ten young ladles from Lovell General Hospital who were 
giving a party for a major end his wife. The major's wife 
was presented with a lovely corsage of deep red camellias. 
After a delicious turkey dinner, the ladies showed their 
guests around the Inn, then thanking us for an enjoyable 
evening, they said goodnight. 


Temperatures at summer heat have brought out the 
scarlet blossoms of the raaple trees and turned the willows 
into delicate yellow greens. .inter seems a thing of the 
past and five young priests from Weston College came out 
to enjoy the lovely day at the Inn. They all looked very 
foreign and the spoilsmen of the group said they were 
from Manilla . Afterwards, we noticed one of them had 
signed his name in the register and in parenthesis the 
word "Guerilla". 

Once again the ballrooic rang with shouts of laughter. 
Tonight when e chapter of the Eastern Star from Scnlden 
had a dance for the third time, Mr. Haynes and his 
orchestra kept things going and in betareen dances, vari- 
ous stunts were carried out. At one time, a pair of 
nylons was auctioned off J 


Mr. Flack arrived here today from Dearborn, Michigan 
and spent the night. He came over the road by bus. This 
was not by any means an ordinary bus but a very magnifi- 
cent one right from the factory shining with now paint, 

Karen 24 * 30, 1946 

red, white and blue. It is marked Private and on the 
sides is lettered "Wayside Inn Schools". Mow the child- 
ren's faces isrlll shine when they cee it and how anxious 
and willing to go to school they'll be whe^ Monday comes. 
'He boys too will appreciate it even more perhaps and be 
very envious of the lucky man who will drive it. 



D I A R I 

larch 31 - April 6, 1946 


Another busy Sunday I Almost everyone of the many 
dinner guests expressed his satisfaction in come way or 
another. One man in particular said as he v?ent out, "Well, 
hat^s off again to Henry Ford". 

In the large dining room, a special dinner was served 
for Dr. and Mrs. Lemarbre of Marlboro and their 2J+ guests. 
The dinner was given for their son end son-in-law who had 
Just received their degrees from Tufts Medical College. 
These two young doctors in Navel uniforms modestly received 
the hearty congratulations and best wishes of the assem- 
bled guests. Everyone did full justice to a delicious 
turkey dinner. 


With snow and last night's thermometer registering 
only 12 degrees, winter lias returned. The old saying 
seems to be true that April borrows her first three days 
from March. 

Dr. Huntley, one of the Fraters, arrived to spend a 
few days with us and Dr. Be^eh of Worcester, another 
Frater, brought two friends for lunch. Dr. liuntley 
after a lifetime of service as a minister and then Dean 
of Saint Lawrence University, resigned a year or so ago. 
He has now undertaken the hardest job he ever h&4, to 
raise an endowment fund for the Theological School of 
the University. The goal is $100,000. tnd he has just 
gone over the halfway mark. Feeling in need of a rest 
he came to the Inn. Dr. Be ch and his friends were 
shown through the Inn after lunch. Dr. Huntley joined 
the group adding a word now and then In his easy in- 
formal way. Upon seeing the spinning ffheel and wool 
carders in the kitchen, Dr. Beach told a story about his 
little girl. The family lived in Albania for three years 
and when the child was 8 years old, she got some wool, 
carded it, spun it, dyed it and then knit a pair of baby 
socks for a small cousin in America. And the spinning 
was not done on a wheel but with a distaff, quite an 
accomplishment for a little American girl. 


This evening, Dr. George Huntley passed one of the 
Hostesses a lovely box of candy. On the wrapper it said. 

March 31 - April 6, 1946 
( continued) 

B For the Staff 'Inners,' Vitaminously, Uncle George." 
Vitaminously was a new word to us but Dr. Huntley explained 
that it pertained to vitamins and that some day it would 
appear in "Webster's dictionary, he was sure. We enjoyed 
the candy immensely and we are sure that we got an ample 
supply of vitamins from them. 


Regardless of the change in temperature, Dr* Huntley 
went on his daily walk. He brought back a bouquet of 
Abor Vita and Maple Buds which he put in a pewter beaker 
for others to enjoy. This afternoon he passed a slip of 
paper to one of the Hostesses on it he had written this 
poem i 

There's a frog in the bog 
There are bees in the trees 
There's a robin a bobbin' 

on the bough 
There's a wasp in my chamber 

Oft OW! 0W1 


Lately we have been noticing a woodpile in the back 
of the Inn* Instead of diminishing as wood piles do, it 
seems to be growing larger and has now reached tramendous 
proportions. It seems as though sinter must be coming 
but there is a man on der putting screens in all the 
windows so we know 'tis spring. Another sign of spring 
is a wood duck seen in a tree near the gate house, perhaps 
looking for a place to build a nest. We hope he likes the 
location and vrill encourage his friends to come as these 
ducks are very rare now. 

FRIDAY nl ( 1 AM05R 

Rev. and Mrs. W. F. Preston of Marlboro had dinner this 
evening in the old dining room. It was a small group, only- 
nine guests were present. But it was a very special occasion. 
Kiss Preston's being married tomorrow - her fattier officiating 
and the dinner guests included the bride and prospective 
groom and other members of the wedding party. The table 
looked very attractive with a large pewter pitcher filled 
with pink roses and two pale green candles in pewter candle- 
sticks on either side. 

March 31 - April 6, 19-46 


Rev. Huffman of Arlington, Mass. and Rev. Lavastida 
of Placetos, Cuba were our guests for the week-end. After 
talking with Rev. Lavastida we found that he came from a 
very prominent family in Cuba. Kis father sras Captain of 
the Cuban Army, his brother is Postmaster General, his 
cousin is ?ice President and he broadcasts over the radio. 
Rev. Lavas tidUt saw several items here that were very 
similar to pieces still being used in Cuba. One of these 
was the coffee grinder. They use it for taking the shucks 
off rice. 


April 7- 13, 1946 



Mr. Scheibley proved to be one of the most inter- 
ested guests out of the 600 or more who passed thru the 
Inn today. He was very well acquainted with antiques 
and truly appreciated the specimens here. The Strath 
Haven Inn in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania is under his 
management, so he naturally respects the significance 
of the Inn. He purchased a cost card of the Inn and 
then asked for a aenu. He put the two together and 
said, "I 1 a going to frame these." 


Mr. and Mrs. Lanpman and their two daughters are 
spending a few days with us. Their home is in 
Pownal, Vermont, a small town just outside of Benning- 
ton. They came down to see the "Survivors of the 
Bataan Death March" parade in Boston. Two out of the 
four Vermont survivors came from Bennington and had 
gone to school with the girls. Their High School 
band also mar hed. 


The Salem Square Congregational Church in 
Worcester entertained their veterans here this even- 
ing. They consumed a hearty dinner of turkey with all 
the fixings and then adjourned to the small aall r oom 
where they had an entertainment which consisted of 
singing and story telling, 


One of our regular guests, Mrs. McCurdie, brought 
her daughter and her grandson Bruce Livingston out for 
lunch today. He was a verj good little boy at the 
table and Mrs. McCurdie recalled the titaes she had 
brought her daughter to the Inn when she was his age. 


Mr. Clarence Robinson of Hudson had a party here 
tonight for a group from the Hudson Savings Bank. The 
tables looked very spring-like with sprays of forsythea. 
After dinner, colored pictures of the Gaspe Fenninsula 

D I A H I 
April 7-13, 1946 

were shown which were enjoyed by many of the other guests 
as well as the Savings Bank group. 


Today is Miss Fisher's birthday. We don't know 
which one and it is not her intention to tell us, but 
we've had great fun guessing. At lunch we had a little 
party for her - Agnes and Mrs. Purdy brought in a cake 
(a cookie with a candle in the center) and sang "Happy 
Birthday". Practically everyone working in the Inn sent 
her a card and to top everything off, she was given a 
bouquet of beautiful aixed garden flowers. 

This afternoon a group of mentally retarded school 
children from Fraaingham came to see the house. The 
teacher explained that they absorbed more in actually 
seeing things than by reading about them. Therefore 
they were taking a series of tours in order to help 
the students. 


. The week ended frith en especially busy Gaturday 
ooafagi Mr. R, L. Haden of Boston brought his best- 
man, a aaid-of -honor, two friends and last but not least 
his bride from Sew York, to be married in the Chapel 
following a carefully planned dinner. 7.iss Fisher 
played the organ, the Sudbury Congregational minister 
performed the ceremony and the wedding party of six 
then returned to the Inn. The bestman arranged a very 
enjoyable *fter-dinner coffee celebration to which 
some of the Inn personnel were invited. It was a bit 
out of the ordinary, this wedding, perfectly planned 
in every detail, the Chapel beautifully decorated, a 
bestman tending to every detail, a full course dinner, 
plenty of pictures, corsages; every tiling to make a 
big wedding tuccess, yet this was one of the smallest 
ever held in the Chapel. 

Another party which contributed greatly towards 
making the evening an interesting one was that arranged 
by a group from Boston University including Mr. and Mrs. 
Stidger. Dinner was served in the Old Kitchen and the 
remark made by one of the guests as he was leaving, is a 


iaxside im 


April 7-13, 1946 


fine testiiaonial to the Wayside Inn modern kitchen staff . 
"I thought I had eaten the best meal in my life when I 
came here four weeks ago, but tonight's dinner was even 
better. The whole group thought so too." 




April U - 20, 1<M6 


Sunday visitors and dinner guests are increasing 
in number every week as warmer weather approaches. 
Standing at the front door to greet the young and old, 
rich and poor who constitute our Sunday "crowd" is 
Mrs. Bennett, teacher in the Southwest School. 
Mrs. Bennett has been associated with the Inn and it*s 
environs for such a long time that she knows practically 
all the answers to the many questions which come her 
way - "flfhere is the Mary Lamb School? " "Can you tell 
me about the Chapel?" "Row old is this house?" "Do you 
serve dinner?" — are perhaps the most frequent quest- 
ions asked. JJrs. Bennett answers them cheerfully and 
in a dignified way. 


The fishing season opened todsy and two of our 
guests, Rev, Shultz and Rev. Parsens, clad in hip boots, 
plaid shirts, felthats decorated with various flies, 
a creel flung over one shoulder and long slender 
baaboo poles in their hands, started off accompanied by 
Dr. Cross who was going to show thea where to find the 
fish. They were forced to return for lunch since their 
morning catch of three 6" brooic trout was not suffi- 
cient to quench their hunger. They returned to their 
fishing ground this afternoon end came back this even- 
ing too tired to tell about the big one that got away, 
but simply showed us their empty creels! 


A young man who appeared to be particularly young 
to be a bridegroom, came to the desk this evening and 
announced that he ms from Ohio and on his honeymoon. 
Then he introduced his brother from Worcester who told 
us that he too had spent part of his own honeymoon here 
eleven years ago. At this point, two very charming young 
ladies appeared who were introduced as Mrs. Ernie Fitch 
and Mrs. Wilton Fitch. 


Two of our guests today registered from Shopshire, 
England having come more recently from Washington. 
There they are associated with one of the alphabetical 



April U - 20, e$*6 


agencies. Their hostess was pleased with their 
enthusiastic comments about the Inn and presented each 
with a book and postal cards. 


In between Retreats of the Universalist Ministers 
who come to the Inn annually during the third week of 
January, we hear news of the various Fraters and what 
they are doing. A clipping from the Boston Herald in- 
formes us that Dr. Clinton L. Scott of Gloucester, Mass. 
who is one of the newer Retreat members, has been made 
Superintendent of Oniversalist churches • A letter from 
Hew. G. B. Leining tells of a vacation at his farmette 
planting peach trees, berries, grapes, and getting well 
stuck, almost submerged, on back ro&dsl 


Among our 250 guests today, there was one who was 
outstanding. He was Conmander Chester f • Himits, Jr., 
son of the famed Admiral. On Easter he is to take 
command of the submarine U.S.S. Sarda at the Portsmouth 
Naval Base, Hew Hampshire. He was accompanied by his 


Another lovely 6aj and another lovely bridal 
caption. The bride was the former Betty warden of 
marlboro. Luncheon was served to the party of 33, the 
table being decorated with gladiolus and carnations* 

*his evening a group of sixteen Sudbury people 
held a surprise party in the Old Kitchen in honor of 
Mr. Henry Page's 80th birthday* The dinner was served 
by candle light and favors made by one of the ladies 
were at each place* After cutting his birthday cake, 
Mr. Page opened the many gifts which had been eleverly 
arranged on the settle by the fireplace* 

D I A R I 
April 21-27, 1946 


The spiritual significance of Easter was not lost 
among the six hundred guests who spent this beautiful 
day here. The dining tables were decor-tyd with bright 
yellow Jonquils and many other lovely flowers were seen, 
made into corsages. 

Bunches of artificial flowers proclaiming Spring 
and it's re-awakening, topped many Easter hats. Several 
bunnies, also reminders of the Easter season, enjoyed 
their first visit to the Inn in the arms of a tiny child. 
On the more practical side, nearly e^ory guest made a 
pleasing remark about the well-cooked food. The cook, 
by much careful planning . was able to provide baked ham 
with fruit sauce. 


About 30 students from the Chester & Monroe High 
Schools in New York came to see the house. The two 
senior classes are taking a trip by bus, visiting 
places of educational interest. This was their first 
stop and not being overtired from too much sight-seeing, 
the boys and girls were very attentive. They are to 
spend the night in Boston and tomorrow will visit Con- 
cord and Lexington. 


This was a day of parties beginning at eleven o* 
clock in the aorning *rhen a wedding reception followed 
the marriage of Miss Julia Lynch in Maynard. About 
sixty guests assembled in the large dining room to 
congratulate the happy pair who stood at a long 
"Bride's T- ble" to cut their wedding cake. 

At noon time, we entertained the Quest and 
Question Club from Winthrop who held a luncheon with 
twenty three members seated on the dining porch. 

Two parties of about twenty each ended the day. 
One was a group from Newton Center and the other from 



April 21 - 27, 1946 




Se had several visitors at different times during 
the day who contributed items of interest. Br .;■:- 
aney of the Boston American brourht Joe Hanley, Lieut. 
Gov. of New York, as the guest of honor at a luncheon 
for the contestants in the Hearst Newspaper National 
Oratorical Contest: "Andrew Jackson, Seventh President 
of the United States." 

Peter J. M. Mourner steeg, Hertogenbusch, The 
Netherlands, had dinner this evening with friends. It 
was hard to understand Mr. Masuaersteeg* s foreign att&PSSS fc«e«n*™ 
and so he wrote it down for us and also his "temporal" 
address in New York City. 

But perhaps our most interesting guest was 
Mr. Carney from Stowe. A handsome man in his late 60's^ 
dressed in knee breeches^ came into the Barroom and 
asked for a copy of Br. van Seasick' s "Characters in 
Tales of a Wayside Inn". Someone had told him that on 
page SO there was a quotation describing Ole Bull by 
Kiss Alice Longfellow. Mr. Carney had known her v^ery 
well snd was acquainted with her writings but couldn't 
seem to remember where this one came from. He rode 
down on his bicycle just to verify it. 


This afternoon some boys from the Cushing Hospital 
for Veterans took advantage of the sunshine and a Red 
Cross automobile brought them to the Inn. The patients 
were in convalescent clothes so were unable to come into 
the Inn but the Red Cross worker was given directions 
on driving them about the estate. The boys were able 
to see from the car, the Chapel, the J£ery Lamb School, 
and the Grist Mill. They assured us that another trip 
would be made as 30on as possible j all expressing a 
desire to see the Inn and to hear it's story ♦ 



The Boys School held their Junior Prom this evening 
in the large Ball-room which had been cleverly decorated 
by the boys. The couples came into the Ball room thru 


D I A R I 

April 21-27, 1946 


an archway of lattice work which Ml entwined with art- 
ificial but life-like flowers. Then they marched around 
the Ball room to the chaperons s who stood in front of 
the large fire place. Guests of the From were Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert Hamilton from Dearborn;; Mrs. Hamilton had 
asked Mr. Haynes if she could see the boys and girls 
do a Lady Walpole Keel. This was put in as an ertra 
before the intermission. After ice cream snd safes had 
been served, the last waltz came all too soon and it 
was with regret that goodnight bows and courtesies were 

SATURDAY h. I ->rL RftH 



Today seems rather quiet in comparison with the 
previous days of this week ^ien we had parties galore, 
Rain seems to be prevalent iMttt d. True to the old 
saying, "April showers bring May flowers". Grape 
hyacintha, dainty violets and colorful tulips are in 
full bloom along the old brick wall of the garden. 




Week of April &, 1946 


Wild cherry blossoms with the delicate green tips 
of new lilac leaves in pewter beakers and porringers 
gave the Old Dining Room its first touch of outdoor 
spring flowers. 

The Catholic Daughters of Hudson had their annual 
breakfaet, sixty-five in number and adjourned to the large 
Ballroom for a talk on "Laughter." 

Many guests were served during the day and in the 
evening Mrs. GoocK of Fraiaingham gave a Mwtdiag supper 
for her daughter Patxicia, Tall -.vhite topers in gleaming 
chrystal with white snapdragons made an appropriate set- 
ting for the lovely bride in her white satin. We knew 
Patty as a little girl wistfully watching the dancing 
every Friday night* and later when she came as one of the u pR ^ ^ 
dancers with Mrs. Hoppen^who was iss de mille at that H --* 
Is tlme^and who played the violin at the wedding today. 

MONDAY ^ | ^ E&IH 

The Inn was host to Mrs. Thomas of Fraaingham and 
three of her friends who have just arrived from England, 
They all had dinner which consisted of lamb chops. After 
dinner, we were told that these were the first lamb chops 
the English friends had eaten in six years! 


The Sharon, Mass. Fortnightly Club consisting of 
seventy-five members, all women, were here for luncheon 
today. Afterwards they enjoyed a tour through the 
house and were well on their way towards home irhen thirty 
more women arrived. These were from the Salter Secretarial 
School in Worcester. Dinner was served on the porch. 
Later in the evening, Professor Schell and his *Waysiders" 
were dinner guests. 



At noon a group of women from the Onion Congregational 
Church of Wollaston came for luncheon. Mrs. Willirm Lowe 


D I A R I 

Week of April 29, 1946 

was their hostess. She has moved to Sudbury and is living 
in the Raymond house on Raymond Road and chose the Wayside 
Inn in which to entertain friends from her former home. 

Lt. Allen Dor gin came again today. Ke is now sta- 
tioned at Fort Devens and was on his way to visit his wife 
in a laltham Hospital. He had lunch with lr» Prescott 
and the boys and again expressed his fondness for •Wayside", 
He still flies now and then and says the Martha-ilary Chapel 
in its setting of green trees and ponds all flattened out 
like a toy village from the air, is the lovliest sight he 
ever saw in all his flying. even in Europe. 


A kind lady fro© Boston brought two men from the 
British Navy to see the Inn this afternoon and stopped 
at the old Bar for a chat. The boys were friendly and 
smiling and with a fascinating English accent said that 
they were "H.0. B meaning "Hostilities Only* 1 . They beamed 
still more at the thought of being released soon. Right 
now they are bringing Lend-lease ships back to the U.S.A. 


This noon, thirty young ladies from the Mary D. Burn- 
hem School in Northampton came by bus for luncheon -nd a 
historical tour of this vicinity. The next stop was to 
be Concord. They registered from thirteen different 
states as well as from Honolulu, T. H. and Jamaica, 
British West Indies. 

After her wedding rehear sel in Concord, Miss Mary 
Dodge Anthony entertained the groom and other members of 
the wedding party at a buffet supper served in the Old 
Kitchen this evening. Among the guests was the bride* s 
great aunt, Elisabeth Hawes, who came to the Inn seventy- 
five years ago with her grandfather, James Hawes, who lived 
in Framingham Center. Therefore the party consisted of 
old and young and a vbtj pleasant time was enjoyed by all 
as they sang songs together and danced together in the large 


Today was the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. 

Week of April 29, 1946 

s/i C^**v) 

Adolph Vollin of Bedford, Massachusetts, and to celebrate, 
thirty-six of their children, grandchildren and great grand- 
children were here for luncheon. Hrs. Vollin held a lovely 
boquet of red roses and also in keeping with the true spirit 
of the occasion, confetti was tossed at the elderly couple 
as they left the Inn* 



Week of May if, 1946 



Today started a week of parties? many large groups coming 
for luncheon or dinner. Today's group of over one hundred 
ladies came early in the morning for breakfast; this being an 
annual event of the Catholic Women* s Club of Concord. The large 
dining room was decorated with apple blossoms and a head table 
for twelve faced the gathering. After breakfast, the ladies 
adjoraed to the large ballroom for speeches and singing. 


A year ago tomorrow, V-E day was officially declared, so 
it was rather fitting that Dorothy Ekstrand oi Cokato, Minn., 
w&s one of our guests today. Miss Ekstrand was a missionary 
in Hsuchang, China but at the beginning of the war, she was 
stationed in the Phiilipines. When the Japanese T>ook over the 
Islands, she was interned, and she remained there for three 
years* The day she finally returned home was V-E day. 


In spite of the cold and rain today, we had four special 
parties. At one o' clock 135 members of the West. Roxbury 
Women's Club arrived for luncheon followed by bridge in the 
large ball room. In the evening, a group of ministers and 
their wives had dinner in the old dining room and were enter- 
tained with moving pictures in the Old Kitchen. 

The >^ass chusetts Saving Bank Association and a group of 
Worcester guests had roast beef, something that they had been 
unable to secure for a long time, and enjoyed it thoroughly. 


Mrs, Shaw of Sewton entertained a group of friends at 
luncheon today. It was served on the porch where the new 
green grass and young lilac leaves could be seen shining in 
the rain through the large windows. Lilac blossoms on the 
tables added another spring-like touch and to complete the 
picture, each guest brought with her a new spring hat. Some 
carried them in huge paper bags and others in hat boxes and 
when the delicious chicken pie and the last spoonful of the 
Indian Pudding was eaten, the &?.ts were brought out ano put on» 

Week of May 6, 1946 

But That a surprise to see here a lamp shade and over there 
a basket of vegetables and there a pack of playing cards 
made into a flat circle, trimmed with matches and stylishly 
tipped over one eye! Guests and hostecses crosfded to tho 
door attracted by the exclamations and shrieks of laughter. 
The judges found it almost impossible to decide which was 
the best! 



Orioles with liquid tones are really something to hc**r 
and two of our hostesses were fortunate enough to see one 
while eating dinner at the house treble in the large dining 
room. The tone of singing being quite different from the 
birds commonly heard here attr?i.cted their attention and 
there he was just outside the window in his brilliant 
orange and black coat. We hope to aee more of them "take* 
to the Inn. 

FRIDAY g \d COLD - CLOUDY Van der Siieid who is to be married at the Chapel 
next Monday has been coming here at different t1mm this 
week to aake plans for the wedding. Being for the moment 
a homeless Red Cross worker just back from two ytt&re. in 
I&igland, she asked for a room where she and Mr. Tustin, 
the groom, could address their announcements. He comes 
from Seattle, Washington and they both think the Inn a 
won* erful substitute for a home. Both have been much in 
the public eye. She has just returned from ft locture tour 
of the middle West and recently had en article about food 
shortages in England appear in the Christian Science Monitor, 
He is an oboist of note, a member of the Seattle Symphony 
Orchestra and this suasner will be *ith the Boston Symphony 
at Tanglewood. 


A wedding in the Martha-8ary Chapel at four o'clock this 
afternoon followed by a reception for forty guests and another 
wedding reception for seventy-five guests, ended this week of 
parties* Both receptions were In the nature of a Buffet Teaj 
the smaller one "being held in the old ballroom »vhere a long 
table held the traditional wedding cake, fancy sandwiches, 
coffee and ice cream. A table in the large ballroom was 
arranged in similar fashion; the satin^gotfned bride greeting 
her guests graciously in front of the large fire place. 


D I A R I 

Week of May 12, 1946 



One would be inclined to put Captain P» R. Creed, 
& dinner guest today, into the catagory of "the old 
school*. He wa3 well over middle age, tall, slightly 
stooped, dressed in the proverbial British tweeds and 
when speaking of the Inn, called it "Wyside". He told 
of writing a book some years ago called "Getting Things 
Done". It was unique in arrangement and design and after 
several printings, still retains its unique aspect. Its 
last printing (1946) contains more about Mr. Ford, said 
the author. He promised to send a copy for our "Library*. 


The sun, after being in hiding for several days, 
burst forth early this aorning to shed its warm rays on 
a fresh green world, making the Martha-Mary Chapel fairly 
glow as it awaited the wedding ceremony of Miss Van der 
Meid and Mr. Tustin. It was scheduled Tor one o* clock 
and just at that time a little group of old friends and 
some newly made friends, accompanied the bride and groom 
down the gravel roadway to the Chapel. There, Miss Fisher 
at the organ was playing soft appropriate music. The 
guests, numbering about twenty, seated themselves while 
simply and unceremoniously, the couple walked to the altar. 

In the Old Kitchen of the Inn, a Wedding Luncheon was 
painstakingly spread out on a beautiful linen table cloth, 
brought from England by the bride. Gleaming silver and 
dainty white sweet peas surrounded a two-tiered wedding 
cake topped with a white wedding bell. 

Upstairs, the Jernsha room was laden with wedding 
gifts and flowers. Miss Van der Steid had made this her 
"home" for the past few days and will return with 
Mr. Tustin to spend a few days more. The Inn will be re— 
■sobered, said 'Irs. Tustin , as the place where we first 
"set up housekeeping". Both were from the West coast. 
They will spend the summer in Lenox, Massachusetts, where 
Mr. Tustin will play as obeoist with the Boston Symphony 


TUESDAY * \\n RAd 

He welcomed several different organisations here to- 
day. First a group of twenty girl scouts from Auburndale 
came into the Inn, next came the Duo Decimo Club for 

D I A R I 
Tfeek of Hey 12, 19A6 
( continued) 

luncheon and bridge. Also for luncheon was the Northboro 
^oraen^ Club, a Garden Club from Worcester, the Hanah 
Goddard Chapter of the D.A.R. anc* "The Daughters of the 
CiTil War." 

This evening the "Alert Circle* of the Salem Square 
Church in Worcester held their annual dinner and meeting 
in the large dining room. 


mmzsMT 5 u> rain 

8rs. Rasro, a frequent guest at tea time, today brought 
SI her guest, her daughter and daughter-in-law. Both were 
talking in French and Mrs, Kazro explained that they had 
Just come from Antwerp. One was married to e, Belgian and 
the other was Belgian by birth. 

Robert Nelson, a former student at the Wayside Inn 
Boys School, wandered in this afternoon with his wife 
and two children, We had not seen Robert for years and 
so he told us he had been living in Manchester, Conn., 
"grinding propeller blades" during the war. Now he is 
a travelling photographer stopping in Marlboro, so having 
a few hours to spare, came to see us. 

Through the day four different groups had meals and 
so we were kept busy in spite of the weather. 


This evening, 150 teachers from the High School of 
Commerce in Worcester, held a banquet in honor of Calvin 
H. Andrews, who is retiring after thirty years as prin- 
cipal of the school. The flowers for the tables were 
beautiful pink carnations on the head table and lovely 
old-fashioned bouquets of lilacs, pansies, daisies, 
asters and carnations, set in a back ground of paper 
lace and pewter dishes, decorated the individual tables. 
Dinner music added to the atmosphere of the affair. 

After dinner, essays were given for the entertainment. 
Although we diih't hear these essays, the titles sound as 
if they might have been amusing; "Teacher's Pet", "The 
Corner Cupboard", "Buttered Toast", "Down Cushions" and 

D I A R I 
Week of Hay 12, 19^6 



This weekend, Wellesly College is having special 
activities and many of the parents came to see their 
daughters. Six are staying here. Today was "Float 
Day" hut because of the persistant rain , many of the 
floats were unable to "float". We are hoping that the 
rest of the week will be fair for other activities. 
Tcraorrow night they are to have dancing on the green 
and the next gay is "Tree Bay*. 


As early as 10:30 a.m. the house began filling 
with people and soon, strains of music were heard coming 
from the large ballroom. A wedding had taken place in 
Walthaa and toe wedding breasfast was served at the Inn 
for over 100 people. 

A wedding at the Chapel followed by a buffet tea 
at the Inn was the highlight of the afternoon. The rain 
kept people in the house which seemed to be filled with 
brides and their attendants and guests all day. 

The most important event of the day, however, and 
the one nearest to our hearts was the Dinner and Business 
Meeting held for the purpose of organizing an Alumni 
Association of the Wayside Inn Boys School. About forty 
came and it was good to see them all looking so well after 
the war and its vicissitudes. William Cash of *41 was the 
instigator and has been writing to the boys for a year or 
so and tonight was the climax of his efforts. 2£r. William 
loung, former headmaster, was there as master of Ceremonies 
and later, Mr. Prescott, the present Headmaster, dropped in« 
The waitresses fought to wait on the boys and we stayed 
around as long as possible but it was a stag affair and 
when dinner was over, they were left to make their plans* 
We are wilting anxiously to hear the results of their 
talk which lasted far into the night. 


D I A R T 

Weak of May ?6, 1946 


"What is so rare as a day in June" could vary well be 
said of May these last few days. After so much rain the 
air Is clear and the foliage is fresh and luxuriant. Almost 
every kind of a tree is in bloom so that a tinge of pink is 
seen with the brilliant green of the leaves. The birds are 
having a hey-day feasting on various bugs and building their 
nests. Two people have spoken of Orioles nests nearby and 
at sunset the distant song of the Hermit Thrush was heard 
one day. The Old Hawthorne in front of the Inn, a victim 
of age and two hurricanes has taken on a new lease of life 
and is covered with little pink blossoms. The wistaria 
which taps on the window on winter nights in such a ghost- 
ly way has climbed to the top of an elm tree and burst into 
bloom among its highest branches where no doubt the bees 
will find the honey in its lavender blossoms. Spirca with 
a spray of dogwood here and there decorated our tables 
today and many guests came to enjoy the countryside as 
well as the Inn and its hospitality, 


This evening we were honored by the presence of 
Admiral Gordon Taylor of the British Havy, who is now 
consulting surgeon at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 

Lt. General D* W. Griswold made his appearance about 
one half hour later accompanied by Mrs. Griswold, his aide 
Col. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy. After looking around a bit, 
General Griswold said, fi Being a General, I have to have an 
answer for about everything but that article in the hall 
has me stumped. * It was the corn sheller. When leaving 
he mentioned the fact that Generals were busy men and they 
couldn't spend very much time in one place but he had spent 
five hours there and couldnH leave before because every 
thing was so interesting. 

Mrs. LeSourd had a dinner party here tonight for 
Mrs. G. Prem Rath Deiss who is president of a college in 
Lucknow, India. She was dressed in Indian garb* 


This noon a party of eighteen women were served Luncheon 
on the porch. We did not know what club the group represented 
but it was noticed that one of the ladies was presented with a 
gift. Also pictures were taken with the ladies seated on the 
stone wall over by the parking lot. 

Week of May 20, 1946 

One of the hostesses had a very pleasant conversation 
with Mrs* Gertrude Burns of Santa Ana, California. It was 
Mrs. Burns birthday today and after luncheon she and Mr. 
Burns would continue on their way to Mrs. Burns* birthplace 
in So, Hanson, Maine. What interested us so much in this 
lady was the fact that her mother's home in California and 
part of her own home and garden were being used as the set- 
ting for the .Botion picture, "Gallant Journey" starring 
Glenn Ford and Janet Blair. Mrs. Burns whose* home is 
designed in the old New England style, said that Miss Blair 
remarked on how lovely she thought the house was. 



"Getting Things Done" has arrived from its author, ¥%tctj 
R. Creed, a recent guest. Time has not permitted a thorough 
reading, but this paper covered book is eertainly unique and 
gives a lot of timely advice on how to live. Mr. Creed* s 
method is by organization and he believes that every man can 
get things done by organizing every phase of his lifej work, 
exercise, play and health. He cites Mr. Ford as one who is 
the embodiment - mentally and physically - of the law of 
exercise. "Work and he have been friends and partners all his 

Parties served luncheon or dinner today were the follow- 

Mrs. Garnett of Boston - twenty guests 
Mrs. Reed of Worcester ~ thirty-five guests 
Mrs. McGreal of Boston - seventeen guests 
Mrs. Pickering of Boston - twenty guests 



At 6 j 15 this evening, dinner was served to twenty -- one 
young wives whose husbands are going to college. In making 
the reservation for the party, we were told that the group 
could not come any earlier as the ladies had to wait for 
their husbands to come home from school so that they could 
tfJce care of the children. 

Also this evening was a party of one hundred and fifty 
members of the National Accountings Associations in Worcester. 
After dinner the group retreated to the large ballroom where 
a man and women entertained them, with songs and dances. 

Week of May 20, 1946 

This part of the entertainment over, old-fashioned dancing 
was held with Mr. llaynes and his orchestra. It was evi- 
dent that most. 01 these people had never done much old- 
fashioned dancing, but they enjoyed the instructions 
Mr. Haynes gave them. Rear the end of the evening, they 
were requesting the dances they had learned and liked so 
much the first of the evening. Many of our overnight 
guests went up and joined the party and they all remarked 
the next day that they had a wonderful time. 


This noontime eighteen girls came for luncheon. They 
all sat at one long table in the large dining room. After 
luncheon they remained at the table while they sang songs. 

This evening a church group from Ashland had a banquet, 
with a meeting following. 



Miss Esther Andros brought some of her students from 
Laselle Junior College to see the Inn and study the furniture. 
Being future interior decorators, they were keenly interested 
in Carver chairs, Betty lamps and admired the green paint in 
the Bar Room. They wandered slowly from room to room while 
Miss Andros talked to them. She bought them each a post card 
as a "reward for coming and told us she had made sketches 
of the school and the Blacksmith shop for Mr. Ford at one 
time. She showed us an excellent sketch of the Inn. 

Another interesting guest was Mr. Thompson, an 
Englishman who drove here from Fawtaucket, Rhode Island, 
with a Mr. Frank Mason aged 91. Mr. Mason told Mr. Thompson 
how to come ^ what turns to make, etc. all along the wcy and 
wrote in the guest book in a perfectly legible hand. 

D I A R I 
Week of May 26, 1946 



Every Saturday evening along with their roses, the 
Bowkers bring a copy of the Christian Science Monitor. In 
yesterday's edition is a feature article written by our re- 
cent bride, Frances Vander Meid Tustin. "Our* bride because 
the wedding of Miss Vander Me id and Mr. Tustin was held in 
the Martha-Mary Chapel a short time ago and was reported in 
the Diary as one of the most outstanding events of this year, 
The article describes English War Brides and Mrs. Tustin 
explaines how she was priviledged to carry the first G. I„ 
baby aboard the first "bride ship" to leave Southampton. 
"Our" bride was in charge of an American Red Cross Club in 
England where she arranged many weddings to take place 
"without a hitch" when that ^, I. got his next leave. After 
reading the story, it is easy to understand why Mrs. Tustin 
planned so carefully every det, 11 of her own wedding which 
went off without a hitch in the klartha-Mary Chapel. 


The rain seemed to keep most of our regular guests 
away but it didn't seem to dampen the spirits of Rev. DeBoer 
and his other clergymen guests and after luncheon they gath- 
ered in the Barroom where they talked and laughed. 

Most of these men had never been to the Inn before 
so they felt honored when they learned that they were the 
guests of Mr, Henry Ford. 


A couple from Ohio dropped into the Inn today and e. - 
claimed with pleasure over the genuine Hew England atmosphere 
found here. It was, in part, the realization of a life— long 
dream. Mr. White's grandfather had migrated from Lee, 
Massachusetts to Amherst, Ohio with a team of oxen and cover- 
ed wagon and for years the story has been repeated and cherish- 
ed as a family tradition. For the first time in his life, 
:ir. White is visiting New England, his ancestral home. 


Our reservation book for June is filling up fast and 
Is even thicker than the one for May. The telephone is 
ringing constantly as people are finding it harder each day 

Week of May 26, 194.6 
( continued) 

to find food in the stores. It is a relief to come here and 

sit down to a meal that has been planned by someone else* » 

Then we are having more parties than usual - both 
small and large groups. Yesterday and today were typical days, 
two different groups from Worcester came for luncheon yester- 
day, Mrs. Putnam from faltham came for dinner with about 
thirteen ladies and later a men's club from E. Walpole gave a 
dinner and a dance for their wives and friends. 

Today a group of bus/ doctors came to enjoy a good meal 
and a short relaxation before going back to their duties. A 
group of ladies seemed to be having a good time and finally 
at 7 i 30 Father Realy and his group of 125 young people arrived 
and after dinner danced until midnight in the Ballroom. 


It was a lovely day for America's first peace time 
Memorial Day since 19-41. The majority of our guests were fam- 
ily groups. 

Mr* Borst, owner of the Little Tree Farms, came with 
his wife and five other men and their wives. The dinner was 
in honor of one of the men who has been with him for forty- 
five years. Two of the other men have been with him for thirty- 

then Mr. Borst made the reservation, he told us that thirty 
years ago he came here on his honeymoon*, Mr. Lemon met them 
the station with a horse and buggy and they slept in the Long- 
fellow bedroom. 


This evening eighty members of the choir from Wesley 
Methodist Church in Worcester came for a roast chicken dinner. 
They adjourned to the old ballroom afterwards and sang melodious 
tunes which could be heard throughout the house. Guests sat in 
the hall and listened* 


Five parties were scheduled for today. One of them a 
group of Framingham Normal School Alumnae among whom were 

Week of May 26, 1946 

surprised and delighted to see Ann Jouannet, a former hostess. 
She is going to marry the young man for whom she ha3 waited 
two long years, in August* 

A buffet tea and reception wore held in the old ball- 
room for Br* and Airs, Bremen who had just been married in 
the Martha-Mary Chapel, In the evening two ;;roups had dinner, 
one from ™. Soxbury and one from Millbury, Massachusetts. Then 
the last party «as from Quincy, about 56 people, employees of 
the General Electric and their wives who had dinner and then 
danced upstairs with Mr. Haynes and his orchestra officiating. 
This is about the third year they have come and they know the 
dances well and have a lot of fun. During all the confusion 
of people coming and going this afternoon, Ilr. Scliroeder came 
in and left a bunch of wild columbine. He has done this be- 
fore on his saay down from Hew Hampshire and brought us May- 
flowers, and lady slippers. He comes and goes so quickly 
sometimes we hardly have time to thank him but we do appre- 
ciate his kindness and many guests spoke especially about the 
fragrance of the Mayflowers. 

D I A R I 
Week of June 2, 1946 


From the lists of names in our guest book, it is easy to 
see that a little rain doesn't bother a lot of people. There 
were visitors from sixteen different states as well as from 
China and Canada, 

The little Arcadian Flycatcher outside the barroom wind- 
ow was sheltered from the rain drops by a lilac leaf. He be- 
comes quite disturbed, however, whenever anyone looks out the 
window at him. 


This noon one of the former hostesses was here with four 
of her classmates from the Kathleen Dell School. They ate 
luncheon and afterwards looked around the Inn and its grounds* 
While they were over by the barn seeing the sheep and baby 
lambs, two young oxen that had just been yoked for the first 
time, came charging out of the barn. Seedless to say, the 
girls were really frightened. However, there were men there 
in charge of the oxen who made sure that the girls were not 

At four this afternoon, Prof. Bosano and eleven young 
ladies from Wellesley College were here for tea. They were 
V members of the Spanish Club so their conversation at the 

table was spoken entirely in Spanish. Before the girls came 
to the table, Prof. Bosano put a small gift at each place. 


In spite of the torents of rain, we still are greeting 
many people. Clad in togs suitable for the weather was 
Mrs. Milton from Worcester entertaining a group of twenty- 
five, also there was Miss Frost of Horwood with seventeen 
guests, a group of Warren School teachers and the senior 
class from Holllston High School had a banquet on the porch 
and the office staff from the Lawrence McCoy Company in 
Worcester enjoyed dinner by candlelight in the Old Kitchen. 



A woman was recalling a time when she came here as a 
child about forty years ago. They ordered a chicken dinner 
and were evidently entitled to a whole chicken. A plate was 

of June 2, 19-46 
(eon tinned) 

brought with half a chicken and vegetables. Immediately after 
that plate was carried away another was brought with the other 
half of the chicken and more vegetables. 

The Paul Revere Insurance Company of Worcester has again 
resumed their trips* 


Today we had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Henry Ford II 
fox* the first time introducing her to the Inn. She came 
with her father, Mr. James F. McDonnell for luncheon and made 
a brief tour of the Inn admiring many of the pieces of furn- 
iture and expressing a genuine appreciation of themj the 
workmanship, the woods used and periods represented. Time was 
short however, as she wanted to return to the New England 
Baptist Hospital in Boston where her mother underwent an oper- 
ation this morning. 

Almost one hundred and fifty members of the American Iris 
Society stopped here for a Buffet Luncheon this noon and among 
the members gathered from all parts of the United States was 
Mr. A. W. McKenzie of Albuquerque, New Mexico, whose grand- 
father^ cousin was Henry D. Thoreau. Mr. McKensle is naturally 
proud of this relationship sad pleased to be in the Thoreau 
neighborhood for the first time in his life* 


Mr. Robert H. McCauley and Mr. L. S. Spangler of Hagers- 
town, Maryland, stopped in for a brief and breezy visit this 
morning. "I'm clocks and he is china" said Mr* Spangler as 
he pointed to his friend and explained that they were both 
antique dealers. Mr* McCauley spotted the Liverpool jug in 
the Parlor, then mentioned casually that he had written a 
whole book on Liverpool ware. "Yes, and I put in the inscrip- 
tion written right here on your jug", said this author-visitor 
of the day. 

About one hundred guests attended the wedding this evening 
of Miss Veale of Natick, Mass., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Veale. 
A reception followed at the home of the bride* 

D I A R T 
Week of June 2, 194-6 


Almost eighty odd guests were calmly eating sandwiches 
and ice cream in the large Ballroom this evening when suddenly 
all the electric lights went out. Hostesses hurried to close 
windows as a thunder storm approached. Candles were lit and 
rushed to the Ballroom where the bride, Miss Smylie of laltham 
had just finished receiving the congratulations of her friends. 
Candles were lit in the dining rooms also where several dinner 
parties were in progress. Soon there were enough candles lit 
to carry on in the usual way. The old Inn seemed to dance in 
the dim, flickering light while the eyes of the pretty brid« 
and her attendants sparkled more brightly. 

D I A R I 
Week of June 9, 194.6 


This week started as a "graduation week" with 
■any parents and children spending the day here* Parents were from 
all sections of the country and some have been seeing New England 
for the first time. Proud daughters and sons "showed off* the Inn 
with it 1 8 typical, old furnishings. After dinner other and Dad 
were escorted to the Mary Lamb School, Chapel and dill. Young look- 
ing Mothers and smiling Dads were seen everywhere. It gave the Inn 
the aspect of a very happy day. 


"I've enjoyed your hospitality, drop in some 
time and 1*11 return the favor" A surprised look came from us for 
compliments such as these are rare. Mr. Vers added - "I mean it, 
I'm a druggist in Westerly, Rhode Island, and my place is across 
the street from the Post Office.* 

Today's driver for the Grey Line re;aarked that 
he hadn't been here for five years, so he thought he'd put his name 
in the register. The next guests to register burst into a gail of 
laughter. Out of cmriosity, we looked too and saw "Jack Spratt - 
Grey Line Tours". No wonder the people laughed seeing nursery rhyme 
characters in our register. He said that it was his real name and 
that the Grey Line also had a Jack Homer working for them. 

Mr. and A. B. Christie celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary here tonight. After a turkey dinner they 
gathered in the Ball Room, where each one, children, grandchildren 
and great grandchildren were given an opportunity to congratulate 


June days are graduation days and many evidences 
of tthe ending of the school year are to be seen around the Inn. Our 
own school boys are having their graduation week and the last dance 
of the year. The gala graduation Ball was held in the large Ball- 
room this evening. Streamers of blue and white crepe paper trans- 
formed the dance hall into a setting collegiate for the six graduates 
and their pretty partners, attired in formal evening dress. An 
orchestra, ice cream and a receiving line made this a truly fine and 
happy occasion for the 1946 class. 


D I A R I 

Week of June 9, 1946 


It has been our pleasare for the past 
year to have as a guest on several occasions, Miss Anne Ross, who 
is taking a graduate course in Physical Education at Welleeley. 
Rot until today, however, did we learn that Anne is an expert 
swimmer and diver. Her mother, who has spent several week-ends 
here visiting her daughter, divulged the news in a most modest 
way. "Yes," she said "Anne was the National Diving Champion for 
four years, 1941 - 1945. w This was indeed news for Anne is 
modest too, and very young in appearance. When she came back from 
Canada, where she has recently made two or three exhibition dives 
for the sum of one hundred dollars, she added her name to the list 
of celebraties in our special guest book. 


Parties of the week have been almost too 
numerous to mention. Here are a few of them - 

rs. Earl Petersen, ffinthrop, Massachusetts 

25 guests 
rs. L. W. Ritchie, Arlington, Uassachuseits 

21 guests 
Mr. H. R. Lindof, Worcester, Massachusetts 

55 guests 
Miss Evelyn Bliss, Waltham, Massachusetts 

42 guests 
Miss Mary Clifford, Gardner, Massachusetts 

33 guests 
Woburn Massachusetts Teachers 100 guests 

Mr. John Hamilton, Clinton, Massachusetts 

100 quests 


One of the largest parties of the season was 
held this evening by the Fisher Secretarial School of Boston. Two 
hundred attractive young ladies with their faculty members, filed 



Week of June 9, 194-6 

into the large dining room at six o'clock. Almost and hour and a 
half later, they were ready to leave, all having enjoyed a turkey 
dinner, which, as someone said - "was served like clock-work." Of 
course extra tables were arrayed and extra turkeys cooked. The girls 
thought they had had an extra good time. 


Saturday is a day for weddings and June is the 
wedding month. But on this mid-June Saturday, the Wayside Inn was 
without a wedding. It was not, however, without one lovely June 
tradition, roses. They were brought by the Bowkers who came this 
evening with their first garden roses of the season. The round, flat 
flower basket was spread out on the Bar to make a perfect June pic- 
ture of multi-colored roses, red, pink, yellow and white blossoms of 
many varieties. Carefully wrapped in tissue paper, were the tiny 
"babies", as Mrs. Bowker calls them, Thorn. Thumbs end Pixies. fhesa 
brought forth many "Oh's* and Ah*s" from the guests who exclaimed 
over the perfect miniature buds. The larger roses too, got their 
share of attention. A June bride was not missed. 

IS All 

Week of .Tub* 17* 1946 


Late this afternoon a wedding reception was held In the 
large ball room for Miss Strait of West Newton. Coming first 
before supper time, the platter of chicken salad bound for the 
buf fet table in the large ball room, looked more than tempt- 
ing. Punch was served and after ice cream had been passed, 
the wedding cake was cut* Only twenty-five guests were present 
bat they lingered a long time to make the occasion a happy and 
home—like one for the bridal couple. 


Inside the Inn 

Margaret MeKechnie has replaced Barbara Eaton on the hostess 
staff* Miss MeKechnie* s father worked here under Mrs* Spicer's 
management and her grandfather, Mr. Hewoomb was head carpenter 
in Mr. Lemon's time. 

Ann Bradshaw, hostess for nearly a year, has announced 
her intention to leave in July in order to have a good vacation 
before entering college. Ann's father runs the village store 
and she is a graduate of the Southwest and Mary Lamb schools. 
During her stay here, she has added many friends to her already 
numerous list and will be greatly missed* 



The Wardens and Matrons Association from Maiden, the 750 
Circle from the Chestnut Street Church in Worcester, and 
Mr, Thornton from Giim and Company all entertained parties here 



A small wedding took place in the Chapel at noon time today} 
the arrangements having been made by the bridegroom, Mr. Robert 
Senior of Arlington, Massachusetts. It was a hoae-liks sort of 
wedding with only the immediate families present. Informality 
was the key note. The bride wore a simple white summer dress 
and hat to match. Flowers were of the garden variety and the 
luncheon menu was chicken pie, country style* 

D I A R I 
Week of June 17, 1946 


•Telephone Topics" read by the "hello" girls all over Hew 
England will soon carry a feature story about the Inn. An 
expert photographer has taken several shots and an experienced 
news writer has been gathering Material. The proof has just come 
for suggestion and corrections* Judging from this preview, all 
the Hew England switch board operators will soon be calling 
Sudbury 180. 


Sine* Say 10th we have enjoyed the presence of Lt. Cora. 
and Mrs. Frank Golay who have been making the Inn their home. 
Today however, they packed bag and baggage and rode over to 
Lincoln, a neighboring town, where they have rented a house for 
the summer. While here, they "house hunted* and finally pur- 
chased a piece of land upon which to build. Mrs. Golay spent 
her days studying books on modern house architecture while week- 
ends were spent by this happy couple in clearing their newly 
acquired land* 


About 90 wedding guests were served a buffet tea in the 
large ball room this evening* Pale pink rambler roses decor- 
ated the long table where a huge wedding cake reposed flanked 
by tall white tapers. The bride, former Miss Bowman of Marlboro 
has been a Navy nurse until her marriage today. Her husband 
still in uniform is a doctor in the Navy. The ceremony took 
place by candlelight in the Chapel, beautifully decorated with 
huge masses of mountain law-el* Many pictures were taken of 
the bridal couple, one of which we hope will find its way to 
our Brides Book where we have a growing collection of sig- 
natures and pictures and newspaper clippings concerning all 
the weddings which have taken place in our lovely Martha-Mary 


Mil^sw* UttU. £ [l?- -w/ 3 -* 

June 30 - July 6, 194-6 inclusive 

Sunday, June 30, 1946 -~sant 

The following were among our many guesta 
on this last Sunday of June, 194-6. 

Mrs. E. L. Urquhart from Sow Brunswick, Can; da, 
Gladys F. Eoyce from 'tfest Rye, Hew Hampshire, 
Dr. en /•♦ I. A. 7f ite froa C.dldress, Texas, 
Hancy ffhitelaw from Canal Zone, Panaiia, 
Richard E. Schroeder from Detroit, Michigan, 
Bertha Kliei'oth from Hamburg, Germany 
Rev. and Mrs. H. K. Joyce from Griffeth, Indiana, 

Monday, July 1, 1946 Pleasant 

Sir. Davieau's floorers are coain, ale 
very nicely in this warm weather and -pretty soon 

.'.or bu'tons will be rea&j ok. He has . \V 

many vari- ^rs planted and tvro long . • 

rows of herbs ts well, among then rosemary, ri'l, 
annis and three kinds of mint. The 1 be used 
as garnishes in the k La the cookir 

Green peas flavored with spearmint v, T ill be one of 
these tasty dishes. 

Tuesday, July 2, 194-6 Pleasant 

It h^s been said that s n P. S." is the 
important part of a letter ! Here is one that 
case today from Mr. William G. Feiker recently 
married in the Martha -Mary Chspel. 

"P. S. hope th« caretaker didn't have too 
much trouble vita the confet They really 
smeared us with It I* 

"I did want to take t tunity to 
express my -thanks to ycu and your staff tor naki: 
j?y friends and my own short visit with you a 

. Our t the Wayside Inn will linger in 
our memories for a life time. Once again many thanks 
for your i id co peration in "Our Day" a 
successful one." 

June 30 - July 6, ve 

Wednesday, July 3, 194.6 Very 

It si ' s.der a very lo. 

time oo picture m& si in 

the rwnr c-. 

her name, A Ye . 

name : 
six, dressed from hand a baby bl T?ro 
den braids of hair we 

b ware adorned with b • 

■ ce . - 

: ^IS 

in Nev^ England for the fir 
time. Later she sas seen ak s the front 

lawn, the white 

Thursday, July 4, Very Please 

The Inn maintained Li*l usual spirit 

enter ->ss 

Ling pah] is is 
what boot the Innj it* 3 at to entertain 
ricn u a; the 

candlestick mak- The Inn 

has nover been discri -nfe of 

ts« Today was a; the working man in 

his shabby old car anti the pro s man in 

isine, tho Army, the Navy, the farmer 
laborer witn Ly were ^se er their 
The Inn is prottd of cu 

Friday, J Very Pleasant 

as bee- '.e 
Miss fl 
"Muaraie" keeps & E 

* a week t or is 

Ls eight year ui family, wi- 
ng on her aria, and when asked what she sac 
Lag the came: "A scarf Cor U "*. 
Then c a weawa t*. 

La woolaA si on a tabxe loom 
which "ifauaflie" will crociiet »r. This bl 
will • 'inlly go Into the .^11 

and daughter ware del o told than 

so as we bid than g ig. 

June 30 - July 6, 1 46 inclusive 

Saturday, July 6, 1 \'-:r v Tarn 

A Swedish wedding cake adorned the 1: 
table in the ball roost tonight *here about one 
hundred guests were gathered to wish J&is. and 
Mrs. HellBtrand "good .luck". The wedding took 
place in the Martha-Mary Chapel, a double ring 
ceremony, performed by the Rev. Illingirorth. 
He had known both the bride and groom since they 
were children end as he said, "They hive be 
lovers since they .," holding his 

hand out about waist Ligh. they made a very 
handscae couple, he in his na<. 1 she 
in white lace. In her coronet she wore Swedish 

The layside Inn Boys School Alumni held 
its second meeting tonight, twenty-four boys were 
present this time and after dinner a Constitution 
was drawn up and other business atte :>. It 
is planned to aeet /about ffoar I a year snd 
this is well on its way to bein^ a going concern. 

July 7 - July 13, 1946, inclusive 

Sunday, July 7, 1946 Pleasant 

Sunday mornings are busy too! The reader of the 
Diary might be under the impression that our day begins at 
noon time with luncheon guests arriving at twelve o'clock. 
But the day actually starts at eight o'clock and sometimes 
earlier. Sunday mornings are especially lively. Overnight 
guests - and they are numerous after a house -filled Saturday 
night - are hungry and anxious to be on their way. they 
order breakfast, bring their bags down stairs, drive their 
cars to the front door and after paying their bills, wave 
a friendly farewell. Some linger long enough to tell us 
of their pleasure at being here or say something nice about 
an enjoyable visit. Mr Lawrence A. Tauney of Stamford, 
Connecticut, a lawyer, after settling his account, expressed 
his sentiments in this way; "I've had such a good tiie, I feel 
as if I should pay you three times as much!" 

Monday, July 8, 194.6 Pleasant 

A friendly little gesture of neighborliness and 
good-will which occurred on July 4th has Just been reported. 
As our old coach with it's team of horses and driver was 
returning from the holiday parade in Sudbury, Mr. Eckes, 
who owns a Swedish Coffee Shop, near the railroad track, 
ran out and stopped the coach. Be invited our Mr. McLean, 
the "coach man* to stop in for a cup of coffee. In the 
meantime, Mr. Bckes treated the horses to a lump of sugar 

Tuesday, July 9, 1946 Pleasant 

Some years ago the hostesses were all amazed when 
a child looked upon an old-fashioned pump with curiosity and 
asked how and why it was used. Today a hostess when passing 
through the up-stairs bedrooms overheard this conversation 
between a mother and small boy. "yes , dear, its a bowl and 
pitcher. They put water in the pitcher, poured it into the 
bowl and then washed their hands and face.* 

July 7 - July 13, 1946 inclusive 

Wednesday, July 10, 194-6 

There is a good deal of animal life in the 
woods near the Inn - and guests freguently report a fox 
or a deer. Mrs. Harding sitting quietly on a fence 
heard a slight sound one day and there was a large 
buck with antlers - cooing to work the men have 
seen a doe with her fawn - and a pair of twin fawns 
eating berries near the road. Our domestic animals 
are interesting too. If one keeps perfectly still the V 
sheep will come quite close and a cat and her two 
kittens will cone through the tall grass at evening 
seeking a wild Mouse perhaps. The kittens vdll 
play while their more serious mother will hunt for food. 
The gray herons are always flying near and one day six 
were seen. One seemed to be a mother teaching her 
young ones to fly. 

Thursday, July 11, 194.6 Warm 

Guests often contribute little items of 
interest as they pass in or out. The other night 
after dinner Mr. Simons dropped a Christian Science 
Monitor over the bar and said - "Look on the editorial 
page ©there's a lovely etching by Samuel Chamberlain; 
thought you might like to see it." 

Mrs. Trimble after a shopping trip one day 
showed us a wooden duck - purchased at the Kafe Stuga 
and made by our friend who whittles the dogs - Mr. Little, 
After another trip to Cambridge she showed us two toys 
to Bake us laugh - one a calico clown bean bag - and 
another a funny donkey that could be made x,o fall into 
all sorts of queer positions. 

Friday, July 12, 1946 Warm 

At seven o'clock this evening Dr. and Mrs. Ruelb 
of Weliesley arrived with ten guests co celebrate 
their wedding annversary. Every year for a number of 
years the doctor and his wife have chosen the Inn 
as an appropriate selting for a quiet recognition of 
their marriage. And every year Mrs. Ru is just 
as particular about how end where her guests shall sit, 
what kind of flowers are to be used and the kind of food 
to be served as when she planned her wedding dinner 
nearly twenity years ago. 

July 7 - July 13, 19*6 inclusive 

Saturday, July 13, 1946 Very warm 

About once a week lately a wedding has 
taken place at the chapel. Tonight about 125 
guests were prssent at the marriage oi Miss Brierly 
to Mr. John Singer - both of Worcester. The minister, 
elderly and kindly, performed the ceremony in & 
dignified manner - putting in his own appropriate 
remarks here and there. The reception at the Inn 
was followed by o"d - fashioned dancing until a 
late hour when the merry guests departed one by one. 


July 14 - July 20, 1946 inclusive 

Sun<lay, July 14, 1946 Pleasant 

At the end of this crowded Sanday a little 
pile of cards was found behind the old Par which now- 
a-days is used as a roceijtion desk. These were 
cards that had been passed over the Ear by various 
guests during the day and the names and addresses 
were as varied as the siae of the ca:i :>r instance, 
we h&ve Mr. H. S. Wagner, Birector of the Akron 
Metropolitan Park District, Akron, Ohio on a large 
card and Glenn N. Merry, President of the Merry Coal 
Mining Company of MK Cornel, Pennsylvania on a 
small card and Rev. Edward F. Miller, minister of 
the West Roxbury Methodist Church on a medium sized 

Monday, July 15, 1946 Pleasant 

Many little fauilies re seen around the Inn 
these days Mother and Dad and the "kids" and often 
Grandma end Grandpa. Recently a very nice family of 
three spent the night here and in the morning Grandpa 
couldn't find a place to plug in his electric razor. 
So he came dcvsn stairs and explained that he had "one 
of the new f angled kind" and that it was & nuisance. 
This grandfather was a jolly, good traveller and treated 
with much consideration and respect by his son-in-law 
and daughter, "Where shall I register from, Father?" 
Asked the son. "Oh, any old place - Washington or 
Skowhegan - wherever the spirit moves" advised this 
kindly white -ht ired guest. 

Tuesday, July 16, 1946 Pleusant 

The old print of Lord Timothy Dexter' s 
house in Newburyport nearly brought tears to the 
eyes of a guest today who told of seeing one of the 

ue prints sold at an auction recently for $1.00. 
"It was at an old farm house in Newburyport" said the 
man - "and the print ■::&?. re". led up with a lot of 
other old papers from the attic". Evidently no one 
recognized the famous house with it's famous fence of 
wooden statues and the auctioneers "sold" was shouted 
before our gusst could raise the bidt 

July L4 - July 20, 194-6 inclusive 

Wednesday, July 17, 194-6 Pit 

theater George : y is *r at 

the Inn daring thifl warm July wee the r in contrast 
his usual '•retreat* in Ja . as a member of the 
Onivers&list Fraters Group * B d, 

old days when Frate ilinsoB end Sykei wi ive 
and he likes to review the Retreat spelling bees 
eveninr devotions. TV 

for the lining table: ;moor, ly 

reads jor If; 1 games. When on 

the job, Dr. Rur Irman of t 

committee to raise $100, L School 

TJnive- is act m ting then, 

that Mrs. Huntley from her hospital bed writes to him 
every day - "Relax, rel-wx, relax!" 

Thursday, July IS, 194.6 Warmer 

Ei oys and girls whose home* are 
the thickly ft Ikwrl ..y 

this morning to j . couri ..unch 

boxes were piled against a stone wall while e vungBt 
ran froa barn to Inn and from Inn to tdusa* 
finally they gathered near the front f the Inn 
and quietly walked through the house; a hostess gold; 
them and pointing out things o ■ They all 
nodded "yes" trhen asked if they had heard of Lor, .?. 

~er they played ball in b rid reluctantly 

went home In a big bus about four o'clock. 

Friday, July 19, 1946 Very Warm - No Rein 

Mrs. Qoist of Worcester whose daughter is 
being married tomorrow in the Chapel ent 
the bridal party tonight. in the 

old kitchen for twelve and a lovely omzrl 
brilliant red geraniums together with the red and 
white checked table cloth help< en the room. 

The guests had just come from reht at the Chapel 
and as it seemed to be a family get-together there was 
much to talk about. They lingered around the table 
a long time after dinner making plans for the next c, 
and opening- pre seats* 

July U - July 20, 1946 Inclusive 
Saturday, July 20, 19-46 

Just at four c* clock Miss 9uist and her 
maid of honor came rlown stairs look!'. t and 
unruffled in spite of the very try , Shs wore 
white s*tin with a veil :nd her attendant a lovely 
shade of yellow 'Jaffeta with wide ruffles across 
the back giving the gown an old-fashioned efi'ect. 
For contrast she carried blue delphinium and a 
wall coronet of these same flowers looked very 
pretty against her dark hair. Soon the guests caw 
pouring back again and went upstairs to the large 
ballroom where a buffet tea was served. Durir 
the course of the afternoon a notice was S'-en pinned 
on the door of the Long fellow bedroom where the 
prospective groom and his ushers had dressed. 
saids Closed Temporarily 

Per order of 
Henry W. Longfellow, Pro 
Needless to say the "order" was respected. The 
Conple changed into going vwmj attire and amidst a 
shower of real nice drove off for a honeymoon in 
Haine where we ho- e cool breezes greeted them. 

Week of July 21-27, 194-6 Inclusive 

Sunday, July 21, 194-6 Pleasant 

The tourist see son is at it's peak. "Give me 
five of the house and five of the Mill" or something 
of the same sort is heard at the de&r - t constantly 
■eaning, of course, ten postal caras! In other wor 
the tourists like to send a message back home to that 
office worker or other member of the family who has 
been left behind. The outgoing mail box is jammed, 
the stamp supply is generally low and the ink well 
needs replenishing every day. Blotters are in demand. 
The most popular chair in the Barroom is the old 
Windsor writing arm, once used by Generals Washington, 
anu Lafayette* It's spaciousness and corcfort inspire 
many to write: "A charming place" or "Beautiful 
Antiques" or"Delicious lunch" or "#ish you were here". 
And not all the tourists have toured from homes in 
these Onited States. Last week two Philipinos and 
Mr. and Mrs. Ghow from China came -rey Line 
bus tour. We also took in a half-fr?_nc piece from 
Helvetia in place of a dime# 

Monday, July 22, 194-6 Rain 

A friendly gentleman from Elmira, Hew York 
gave a little discourse today on his home town, 
telling us that it has no special claim to fame 
except as the burial place of Mark T^ain. 
Mark Twain's wife, Olivia L&ngdon, res born In 
Elmira and during the Summer Months she and her 
author husband would return rry Farm where a 
studio «u built, octagon in shape with lar :. wi . :. 
"Huckleberry Finn" was written there* 

Tuesday, July 23, 19-46 Rain 

While guests from 6ala&- zoo. *nd Atlanta, 

San Francisco and Dobbs Ferry pured into the Inn 

on this rainy afternoon, a resident of Sudbury made 

the best contribution to the Diary. She is 

Mrs. Fletcher, a writer, who came to Sudbury several 

years ago and has since written articles cries 

for The Woman's Home Companion, Saturday Evening Post 

and other popular magazines. Once she turned out 

a very fine story about the Martha-Mary Chapel, calling 

it a "children's church". Today she w- s gathering 

material "for a piece of fiction and wants to use 

the Inn as a meeting plrce for the hero rnd heroine. 

But it was a remark she made while n e 

afternoon crowds milling through the rooms which should 
be recorded. 


Week of July 21 - 27, 1946 Inclusive 


Mrs. Fletcher said? "These people leave here with a 
wonderful sense of pride in all the best that America 
stands for. It is ndTe money sense, but ■ de^ 
respect for the higher end finer thln t :ife n . 

Wednesday, July 24, 1946 Pli 

It was a gre to see Mr, Bixler 

today. He condi: e Bixler Tours fro; :ia, 

Ohio and was ar L pre~W?.r visitor, :_y 
arrivit- a bus losd c.f thirty or forty passe ' 
Today, on this first revival tour ; 

thirty-nine luncheon guests and intr Lster 

and sister-in-law as the tour hostesses. In the 
meantime he told of the death of his wife whoa we 
remember as the cheerful. ious hostess of 
previous tours. This year's croup stayed hour, three 
hours - lunching and lookln 

Thursday, July 25, 1? Overcast 

A distingusiBhed looking group of six, ordered 
luncheon this noon the A for the I. stance 
phone to call W , C. The party 

was Mr, L. B. Buer eho reaemhe. La Mr. Lemon's 

time and recalled his colic ird when he 

used to come here via t •. Lenon met 

the train at the Wayside Inn station and drove the 
boys over for a week-end. It was about the year 1905 
and when we suggested that 1 Le night 

have b*en in the same group, Mr. Duer said M No, but 
I once had the same job as Mr. i - Secretary 
to Chief Justice Holmes". Our distinguished guest 
was was also a connoisseur of old v*ed 

: turdy Connie ticui r che^ 

Friday, July 26, 1946 Pleasant 

An king of distinguished guests - tonight 
we greeted Mrs. Shric to who came in for dinner - 
and greeted her as an old friend. Three yeare ago 
Mrs. -o and a friend spent July and August in 
Sudbary and during tfe m Inn frequently. 

In fact she and her daughter stayed here for a week. 
This Summer all three, Mrs. Caruso, daughter and 
friend have returned to Sudbury- t y their newly 

viired Summer residence, a lovely old nouse on 
Gundy Hi 1 


Weak of July 21-27, 1946, inclusive 

Saturday, July 27 , 1946 Pleasant 

One wadding In the Martha-Mary Chapel and three 
wedding receptions made this a veritable "wedding day" for 
the Wayside Inni It was gay with pretty brides-maids 
strolling on the lawn and lovely brides in yards of white 
posing for photographers. Inside, bright colored flowers 
were being arranged to decorate the dining tables, then 
the Ball-rooms. Hiss Curran's breakfast was held in the 
large dining room with about one hundred and fifty guests 
present, mostly from Marlboro her home and the groom 1 a 
heme; he being the sone of Dr. LeMarbre. In the after- 
noon Miss Bvely Sandstrom was married in the Martha-Mary 
Chapel^ about one hundred of her Worcester friends coming 
orer to the Inn for a Buffet Tea. The third reception 
was held in the small Ballroom for Mr and Mrs E J Maloney 
who were married in Satick earlier in the afternoon. 




UnIc of July 20 - August 3, 1946 Inc. 

Sunday, July 28, 194.6 Pleasant 

chaps the fallowing is not exactly a 
Sunday story, tut It is an incident .hicii occurred 
today and for historical accuracy should be reported 
today. Let it be understoc , «n , that it has 
no particular historical ace! It vras reported 
by Mrs. Harding £«eS? %M»-mstli house guest who, resting 

Letly on the front lawn, looked up from her book 
to see a young man approaching on a bicycle. IShen 
in view of the Inn he stopped, leaned his she 

inst a lilac bush and proceeded to unpack his kit. 
In it was a jacket which he donned over- iAtf underskirt - 

1 above a pair of kahkj shorts. Next he drew 
forth a pair of trousers, put those on and walked to 
the front door of the Inn. There he was greeted by 
sailing hostess and eventually escorted into the 
dining room vhere he part aearty traveller's 

Monday, July 29, 194-6 na 

A deer old c od has been presented 
by a dear oic who lives is .ley and who 
in shaky han ~ng describes the sled as once owned 
by her father. He rrorksd all one winter c rrying 
wooa into the house in order to get eight dollars, 
says ill s Houghton, ,nd paid for the sled with teat /• ., ^ 
hard earned money. Her father .en about eighty ^ '/ 
years old. The left paragraph explains why Mrs. Houghton 
-ent the sled. "I thought it would match the Little 
Red School House". She says; And indeed It does. 
It is all wo ated red and for decoration has a 
gold star within a gold circle. It's name is, "Flying 
Arrow" I 

Tuesday, July 30, 1946 Very Warm 

Today Mr. For:: Is 83 years old and in De&rborn 
.is friends and ..oned to make I; a 

gala occasion. .According to a Boston Paper - "A 
day-long progs** of athletic events has been arranged 
for the various play g uke and ice cream 

also is to be provided for all of Dearborn's youngsters - 
and others - who want it." 


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July 28 - August 3, 1946 Incl. 


An editorial in last Sunday's Boston Post 
comparing Mr. Ford with Bernard Shaw - now 
says - "Both are rich men. By 60 they had put 
their mark on the world. They could have retired 
to sweeping acres and let life roll by. Instead 
they sr/am in the current and most of the time 
against it. Both are mentally alive and more to 
the point, mentally alert. Both have accomplished 
remarkable ^raemorf.ble things. The greatest 
thing they have done is to demonstrate to others 
how to beat old age. 

Here at Wayside Inn another "Happy Birthday" 
was sung in the pantry with much good will for 
Agnes Condon who is fortunate in having the same 
birthday as Mr. Ford. May there be many more 
happy birthdays to come for them both. 

Wednesday, July 31, 194-6 Partly Cloudy 

A mid-euamer meeting of the Philathea Class 
of the Congregational Church in Sterling was 
held at the *nn today following a luncheon in 
the large dining room. Fifty members mre present. 
Sterling is, of course, the home site of our 
little red school house so it was natural to 
have many questions asxced about Mary and the Lamb. 
Several walked down the road and over the bridge 
to see the restored building. 

Thursday, August 1, 1946 Rain 

This evening* s dinner throng was more 
suggestive of the winter season. Most of the 
guests w;re students attending Summer School 
Sessions at Boston University or at Harvard. 
The larger group, about thirty, was composed of 
teachers studying new teaching methods etc., at 
the Harvard Elementary Workshop. All donned 
rain coats and walked to the school house, chapel 
and mill. After dinner a cosy; winter-like evening 
was spent in front of an open fire in the Bar Room. 




Week of July 28 - August 3, 1946 Incl. 

Friday, August 2, 1946 Rain 

Through the Summer ve are enjoying the 
company of Miss Margaret Lloyd a* hostess. Her 
British accent is as attractive as her neat appearance 
and rosy, typical English Complexion. When we asked 
her to write g Summary of her trip to America she 

■■sstly put down that her father, a Lt. Colonel in 
the British Army, was going to be in the Middle East 
for a year or more. There tore she and her mother, 
and four brothe of twins) c&tae over to 

America in 1943 on a brt^ ih Luxury Liner 

which had been converted into a troop ship. She says 
that they zig-sagged all the way to avoid, submarines. 
Three years have been spent in Sudbury, going to school 
and getting acquainted with an En.^ La - om grandmother 
who married an American. Margaret, with her American- 
born mother, hopes to cross the Atlantic La in the 
Fail to join her English ; . rl What Miss Lloyd did 
not. state in her notes is th that ahe rides 
.several miles each day on her bicycle in order to 
reach the Bus T?hich brings her to the Inn. Today 
ahe was beaming with joy because instead of cycling 
In the rain, someone gave her i .*. 


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Week of August 4 - August 10,1946 Incl. 

Sunday, August 4, 194.6 Pleasant 

The Martha-Mary Chapel was opened this evening 
for a Vesper Service conducted by the Reverend Prentiss L. 
Pemberton and arranged for an inter-church College Student 
group. About twenty were in attendance, representing all 
church denominations. After Vespers and just before the 
sun disappeared beyond a crimson horizon, sandwiches and other 
good things pertaining to a picnic were enjoyed down by the 

Monday, August 5, 1946 Pleasant 

A very nice brochure on English sources of 
18th century American Furniture design has come as a 
sortof "thank you" from a recent guest, Mr. Benjamin Ginsburg. 
It is written by Mr. Ginsburg who Is s well-known dealer of 
antique furniture in New York. The firm is Ginsbury & Levy, 
815 Madison Avenue. Interesting pictures, compering certain 
types of English furniture with the same type in America, 
are shown. The text is informative and enlightening. In 
the very first paragraph, a quotation from R. W. Symonds 
is worth remembering. In speaking of American made furniture 
of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, Mr. Symonds says: 
"though almost invariably susceptible to foreign influence 
the design consistently retained a certain degree of native 
character, It rather adapted than borrowed, and improved more 
than it copied.* 

Tuesday, August 6, 194.6 Rain 

Today seemed just like one more day until 
we were presented with a box of beautiful yellow roses 
which were to be arranged on the dinner table in the old 
Kitchen. The dinner was a 50th wedding anniversary 
celebration for Mr. and Mrs. Hero d King of Boston. The 
roses were therefore quite appropriate in color and were 
placed in the center of the table with tall yellow tapers 
on either side. Favors were also yellow with e gold "SO" 
attached to each one. Judging by the laughter and gaiety 
of the occasion, a good time h&xe been had by all. 


Week of August 4 - August 10, 194-6 

Wednesday, August 7, 1946 Rain 

A tall, thin, very boyish-appearing young 
man, a former G. I., has been spending the past few 
days here. At first he rather alarmed us with his 
strange ways. He took up all the rugs on the floor of 
his room. He removed the bureau scarf. Ke pointed 
his finger at a stranger and said *Hi n l But his room 
is full of books and he always appears with a bo k under 
his arm. We talked with him today and discovered an 
amazing knowledge of American Literature, the Tales of 
a Wayside Inn in particular. And we also discovered 
that the boy is realizing a dream of long standing - 
a visit to the Wayside Inn - a dream, dreamed in California 
and possible in a shell T *torn fox hole. 

Thursday, August 8, 194-6 Pleasant 

The Dearborn Inn's neat and friendly barber, 
Mr. J. L. Z-arcski paid the Wayside Inn a visit today, 
motoring over from Springfield where he is spending a 
few days. Four were in the party including Mrs. Zaroski 
and all had luncheon. After seeing the bouse and exclaiming 
over the rare antique furniture Mr. Zaroski invited us to 
come to Dearborn where he promised to make us all look 
very fine I 

Friday, August 9, 194-6 Pleasant 

This week two small parties were. held. 
On Wednesday evening a Birthday perty was arranged for 
Mr. W« H. Nichols. There were sixteen guests. Ton' 
a Mrs. Watson entertained eleven at one lon^ table in 
the old dining room. 

Saturday, August 10, 194-6 Pleasant 

Picked up in r-g-ssing 

Guest to small boy: "Come on, lets take 
a walk and get up a little appetite." 

Small boy: "No, I don't want to go. I've 
got enough appetite." 

Guest from Pittsburgh: n Ies, being in Mew England, 
I've been able to >ear the same shirt for two days!" 

finest milliner small aaKnifyin Hlass from his 

Week of August 11 - August 17, 1946 Incl. 

Sunday, August 11, 1946 Pleasant 

Delightful guests are Mr. & Mrs. Sasniel Fox 
of Philadelphia who have aide the Inn an overnight 
stop three times this summer. This rooming they 
were up early with bags packed for the homeward 
trip after a two weeks vacation in Maine. Mr* Fox 
being very tall usually has to "duck" every time 
he crosses a threshold here, but this morning he 
was intent on ordering breakfast in a hurry and 
forgot the low doer casing. Whack went his head 
and he "ducked" too latel Nevertheless, he managed 
to keep a cheerful smile on his face and jokingly 
announced that he objected less to bumping his 
head at the Wryside Inn than to bumping his head 
in any other place in the *orldl 

Monday, August 12, 1946 Pleasant 

Some of us remember the popularity of 
aigrettes, those lovely feathers which were 
stylishly worn on women's hats a decade ago. 
The American species of the bird, spelled egret, 
is a variety of heron and because of the afore 
mentioned style or fad, the bird is now nearly 
extinct and rarely seen in the northern states. 
It is a native of Flori'ia. However, our house 
guest, Mrs. Harding, spotted one today on the 
pond near Dutton Road - and being one of the 
most accomplished amateur ornithologists in 
Massachusetts, she has watched the bird very closely 
going morning, noon and night to admire it's pure 
white feathers. 

Tuesday, August 13, 1946 Rain 

Five gentlemen sat at the trestle table 
in the Old Kitchen this evening and enjoyed, eating 
their dinner as a cold summer rain beat against 
the window panes and a cherry fire crackled on 
the hearth. Apropos of the occasion they arrived 
in an antiquated Rolls Royee, very high and 
very uncomfortable. It vas just a lark planned 
by Mr. Edmund H. Sears Jr. of Sudbury Center. 


Week of August 11 - August 17, 194.6 Incl. 

Wednesday, August 14, 1946 Rain 

To Mr. M. W. Harrison of Bronxville, Hew fork 
the eighteenth birthday of his daughter was to be 
celebrated in a fitting aiazmer. fie therefore made 
plans weeks in advance - perhaps in his own mind ~ years 
in advance. At any rate he engaged rooms for his family 
and ordered lobster for dinner. He arrived late this 
afternoon with the Birthday Cake and nineteen candles; 
one to grow on - he laughingly explained. Flowers 
were arranged on the table and lobster was served i$S 
with all the "fixens*. A family party of six. The 
eighteen year old was showered with presents - 
should we say, nearly buried under tissa» paper Mid 
pink ribbon. 

Thursday, August 15, 1946 Pleasant 

It's considered impolite, by post-office 
authorities anyway, to read out - going postal cards. 
But we couldn't resist reading this one, sent by a passing 
tourist to his friend, Sir. DeWitt Thompson, at the Lenox 
Hill Hospital, Park Avenue, Hew Tork. 

"Hr. Ford keeps this Inn in Admirable 
fashion; we've just had a wonderful dinner 
on the sun porch and I'm contemplating 
trying out George Washington's Bedf 

Friday, August 16, 1946 Overcast 

The National Vegetable Growers Association 
are convening in Boston and today the visiting ladies 
were given a historical tour including Lexington and 
Concord and ending with luncheon at the Wayside Inn. 
These were farm women, some of the best home-makers in 
the United States and naturally particularly interested 
in food. Ten more came then were expected making a 
total of seventy-five who enjoyed the hospitality of 
this typical Hew England Inn. 


leek of August 11 - August 17, 194.6 Incl. 

Saturday August 17, 19^6 Pleasant 

A notable guest escaped us today. He 
was Chaplain Wyeth Willard, author of , "The Leathernecks 
Come Through*, and member of the Willard Family 
Association holding their annual meeting here today. 
Perhaps it was not surprising that we over looked the 
Chaplain because he was in w civies n and looked like 
all the other men in the group of one - hundred. 
Nevertheless it is regretable that Wyeth Willard* s 
name was not added to those in the Special Register. 
His Book is said to have been written for the families 
of the men he served in the South Pacific although 
not morbid in any way and expressed with perfect 
simplicity. It is now in it's fifth printing. 
Chaplain Willard came from his home on Cape Cod for 
the :r n»1nn Luncheon and business meeting. 



Week of August 18 - August 24, 1946 Incl. 

Sunday, August 18, 1946 Pleasant 

Family parties of eighteen or twenty sere a 
regular part of family life in grandmother's day. Mow, 
however, one is rarely seen except on Thanksgiving or 
Christmas. It was a pleasant surprise .then, to see in the 
old dining room this afternoon, a typical family party. 
It was headed by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Whitman of Marlboro ^ 
who are genuine home - folks. They enjoy family and 
friends in a sort of old*fashioned w&y. At the table, 
seating eighteen, were old and young - a grandmother here 
; nd a proud young father there; the whole gathering being 
generously supplied with boys and girls of varying ages. 
Laughter was heard and a spirit of informality prevailed. 
George Washington, from his portrait on the wall, Smiled. 

Monday, August 19, 1946 Rain 

Remarks Overheard 

Guest - pointing to warming pan:- 
"They must have done a lot of corn 
popping in the early days. They've 
got one in every room!" 

Guest - pointing to small scales :- 
(slightly out of balance) 
"Them scales is just like what's 
going on down there in Washington. 
The justice is all on one side!" 

Lady from Chester ~ Vermont: - 
"We've had all kinds of cars and 
now here we are with a Ford!" 

Tuesday, August 20, 1946 Pleasant 

George Matthew Adams in one of his "Today's 
Talk" articles, advocates good talk as well as good 
food at a country Inn. This suggestion appeared recently 
in his syndicated column entitled "Wayside Irme in 




Week of August 18 - August 2£, 194-6 Incl. 

He mentions our Inn and speaks of Mr. Ford's restoration 
as a peaceful picture of the America of the days of 
Longfellow, Hawthorne and the friendly Sew Englanders. He 
wonders why the spirit of the e^orly Inns is not more 
emulated today and says that the predominating element of 
an old Inn was it's friendliness- "The evening talks, 
especially during the Winter months, when the logs in the 
fire burned brightly, must have been most glorifying," 
The whole article has a familiar ring - Mr. Matthews 
has been a guest here several times. We invite him to 
come again when the logs in the fire born brightly and 
good talk J& as common as good food. 

Wednesday, August 21, 1946 Pleasant 

Several old friends have come to see us 
recently - P-rhaps the most welcome - certainly the best 
knovra - was Dan Dunleavy. Wherever he went through 
the house he found a friend and stopped to have a chat. 
Mrs. Dunleavy was with him as well as her brother and 
his wife from Buenos Aires. They wandered through the 
house after dinner. Dan, whose eye sight is failing 
could be seen touching each piece of furniture lovingly. 
These - too - were friends of long standing, 

Allen Durgin - now in civilian clothes brought 
his wife and baby Donna to show us. 

■ly today the Tustins arrived from Tanglewood, 
where Mr, Tustin has been playing with the Boston Symphony. 
Like the Durgins - the Tustins were married at our Martha- 
Mary Chapel. They left a card at the Bar upon which was 
written - "So sorry we missed you. We stopped for breakfast 
on our way to Seattle and California. It is fun to come 
back to the scene of such happy, memories •■ 

Thursday, August 22, 1946 Pleasant 

Our house guest of many weeks - Mrs, Harding, 
returned from her walk today with some lovely Jeradia which 
she had picked in the wooks. She arranged them in a vase 
with a spray of white pine and the green panelling in the 
Bar Room made a fitting background for the pale yellow 
blossoms . 




Week of August 18 - August 24, 1946 Incl. 

Th flower is quite nun and only ferows beneath oak trees. 
Mrs. Harding also reported another visit of the beautiful 
white heron in the marsh back of the Inn. Incidental? 
she has seen 63 different kinds of birds since she has 
been here- She named among others the Veerie, Mourning 
Dove, Wood Thrush - and Hermit Thrur 

Friday, August 23rd, 194.6 Rain 

^ Junea, Alaska was represented today by a lady 

who came on the Gray Line Sightseeing Tour. Her black 
and white checked blouse attracted our attention and 
after engaging her in conversation we discovered a very 
bright person, well educated and full of information about 
Alaska. "Wo", she laughingly explained "we do not live 
like Eskimos, nor do we wear Eskimo Clothes I" As a matter 
of fact, clothing manufacturers are especially thoughtful 
of their Alaska and keep Alasken Women among the 
"best dressed," she said, Junea, the Capitol city has a 
population of about ten thousand. Just as we were about 
\-j »4vv\ ^° ieen-more concerning our Northern leighbors, the bus's 

horn sounded and the lady hurried away - leaving a friendly 
shadow of black and white. 

Saturday, August 24, 1946 Fair 

Recent Guests 

Edna ffi. Colman - Author of 

"Seventy-five Years of White House Gossip" 

The Boston Camera Club - 45 Members 

Mr. F. C. uhlmann, Owner of The Wayside Press, 
Peterson, Hew Jersey 

The Old Folks Home, Woonsocket,qRhode Island 
25 Dinner Guests 



Heek of August 25* - August 31, 1946 Incl. 

Sunday, August 25, 194-6 Pleasant 

In the middle of this busy Sunday afternoon ■ 
hostess was seen scurrying through the front hall with 
a large wedding cake. Outride the door, was 
party of fourteen awaiting their call to dinner. The 
wedding cake as safely deposited on a long table in 
the large dining room and vases of pink cosmos placed 
on either side of it. Then the party entered, the bride 
leading the way in proverbial white satin and the groom 
in navy uniform. The regular guests stopped eating, 
stopped their conversation and silence reigned while 
the bride, carrying herself li leen, entered the 
room. After dinner the cake «&s cut vrith a shining 
silver cake knife, one of the wedding gift, we presume, 

Monday, August 26, 1946 Fair 

This is the time of year when the number of 
questions asked, readies a maximum. Usual ones are: 
"When was the Inn built?" and. "Did Longfellow live 
here?" and "Where is the Mary Lamb School House?" 
Today *e answered this one which was a bit out of the 
ordinary. A guest was looking at the ftign board 
which reads t * Longfellow's Wayside Inn" and asked; 
"This used to be called Ford's Wayside 
Inn. Have you changed the name?" 

Tuesday, August 27, 1946 Rain 

Hundreds of pink and white cosmos are being 
brought in this week from the cut-flower garden and 
can be seen in large and siaall bouquets all over the 
house. The flowers themselves are particularly lar 
and are displayed wei in dark bud vases in the 
large dining room. In the small dining room, they 
have been placed in old blue Staffordshire pitchers 
and the mantle setting, with a deep blue plate on 
either side of a huge bunch of pink cosmos, has attracted 
considerable attention. Some guests like especially 
well the all vhite cosmos against the dark green panelling 
of the Old Washington Dining Room. In the Parlor a 
more dainty arrangement has been made of both pink and 
white blossoms in an old glass compoter and placed on 
Jerusha Howe's Spinet. 



Week of August 25, - August 31st, 1946 Incl. 

Wednesday, August 28, 1946 Pleasant 

Ladies of the national Shade Tree Conference 
numbering sixty were luncheon guests today following 
a historical tour through Lexington and Concord, While 
the sen folk discussed trees and their preservation. 
The wives were entertained by a ladies' committee headed 
by Mrs. Guptill of Sudbury, She planned every detail 
of today's trip and engaged a special bus to run on 
schedule. Much to Mrs. Guptill* s dismay, the driver of 
the bus wvis a friend of the janitor at Craigie House 
in Cambridge which was not included in the tour program. 
However, the driver stopped to see his friend, the 
ladies rumhed in to see Longfellow , s Old Home and the 
schedule was completely upset I Luncheon was forty minutes 
late and had to be eaten hastily. Nevertheless there 
was time after luncheon for a short talk about the Inn 
and a hasty look through the rooms. 

Thursday, August 29, 1946 Overcast 

I sterday and today a young man in Ravy 
Blue Knee Breeches and three cornered hat, riding a 
spirited horse - has been attracting a good deal of 
attention. Moving pictures were taken of him galloping 
up to the door of the Inn. The Gate House also has been 
the back ground for other pictures. We knew R.K.O. 
was the photographer and we surmised the raan was Paul 
Revere, in some historical film. We did wonder a little 
that he should be depicting his famous ride in mid- 
with the leaves in full bloom. 

Friday, August 30, 1946 Pleasant 

Today we wish to quote from a clipping which 
appeared last week in the Boston Post. 

"It seems a rumor began wending its *ay 
through New England about a month ago saying Henry 
Ford - A Ford in exchange for a cent." 


Week of August 25 , - August 31st, 1946 Incl. 

Of course, the rumor was ; reposterous but hundrc? 
of letters came pouring in to the Post's Letter Box Editor. 
The Article continues. 

"Even the Fore people dovm in Dearborn - Michigan, 
j\^ appealed to the Post for aid in squelching the rumor 
y and thouth this item marks the third time we have printed 
JjA" notice of the explosion of the rumor, the letters still 
come in. 

No, dear readers, a 194.6 Ford srill not be given in 
exchange for a 1922 cent by Henry Ford!" 



Week of August 26, - August 31, 1946 Incl. 

Saturday August 31st, 1946 Pls&sant 

Today* s activities started with a eoloriul 
wedding reception held on the lawn and in the long fellow 
Memorial Garden. Hiss Phyllis White, the bride, 
attractively gowned in a white taffeta skirt with lace 
bodice, made a striking picture against the green lawn 
and the flowers in the garden. Following the reception, 
a wedding Breakfast was served. A beautifully decorated 
caka adorned the bride* s table and gladioli of appropropriate 
colors were used on each table. 

In the evening, Miss Betty Jean Spragne and 
Mr. Malcolm H«ynes Hunt took their marriage vows in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel. The bride wore a gown of ivory brocaded 
satin with a bouffant skirt which flared into a trai 
The moid of honor wore a blue taffeta gown and the brides* 
maids were attractively gowned in pale pink with matching 
lace mitts. A reception followed the ceremony in the 
large Ballroom where a buffet tea was served and a string 
ensemble played for waltzing. 

September 1 to I iber 7 

Sunday, September 1 Very Plan sunt 

Two BMJbnnm o Mrs. Edsel F house] ^ jL luncheon 
guests this noon, stopping over enr ute from Se^ or to 
Detroit. They «•**« Ann King and Rose Mnc Donald, member a of 
th » We were rejiinc^u o. I oraer d ^n 

Mr« Henry Ford II with his brother : ine wore 

wont to m l be stop-ov ;ey. Every 

year ve looked forward 1 c three or four hours 

B o Um Inn's prii 

"The T o Inn" sutot air 

e v *Il<- i 

Monday, Saptamfe* 

An article entitled "The Schoolhouse or Mary and Her Lamb" 
by Betty Elise Davis has b e on c lied to our attention. It ap- in the aba? issue 0/ Child Life aaga:r.ii begiai 
"Elizabeth and Walter fara spending a week - 

Aunt Hellie in Sterling, Ma S"ohusatts. n Then s came 

. lonr and to amus : the children Gre t Aunt Hellie takes then up 
to the attic. In an old trunk smelling 0+ and full 

*1 jam] n book; tne use of is 

exr" - Pen. One old letter in I 
of Ma^y E. Tyle~ cont: ins th iamb." 

The children- want to h r 11 about Mf-ry -Aunt 

H.^ttie tells them the otory. Elizabeth is made perfectly happy 
▼hen r rith a 'a which a bit o -cm 

the wool oi M-.r nib, is tie:.. Walter * >o know i the 
schc - is s ill a - -Aunt aaye "I tie 

red school c still st not in i : ag. In 1926 
Mr. and Mrs. Ford dlscov schoolhouse 

took a trip. Mr : , mov< d o a 1 oe in the node n 

Lon- ' - i e Ina in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Mr 

it restored just ma it no^ chil rom the neigh- 
borhoo ad u 


Tuesday, September 3 , cold 

Miss Griggs «nd Miss oh tk ty at 

Wellesley Collejre^intr | « inn 

a wom^n rith a European title, Baroness Helen von |H 
Other Emre this e ;!r. and Mrm« 

Ferdinand Kr »rg from Ar Hand. 



September 1 to September 7 
Number Two 

Wednesday, September 4 Pleasant 

Labor Day usually ends the Summer ss son for v^c tionlsts, 
but as yet thsre has been no "let up" in the numb r of socle 
coming to the Inn. Guest rooms are filled every r L 
luncheon and dinne continue to arrive in numbers. 
This evening tVvb small partis a , on<* numbering fifteen and the 
other tv?©nty-"flv3 , added a note o g iety to the dinner hour - 
or shor say hours; linner b ing serv-; frow 5:30 to 8 

Thursday, September 5 Cold 

"Spe k of anyC-ls ?nd they ■ In recent clary 
George Matth ms m mentioned and todaj he same in for 
bre kfast. He did not stay Ion*'; but had time to speak with 
gre t pride of his friendshi i Mi Mr. Fore and o." the mov- 
i r of his birthplace to Greenfield Village. 

Itater in the day another interns tin gu to 

spend the night - Mr. Van Scriver ith his young 
son. We listened vitfa Ifttaroi is ent '.: a i i bio account 
of the Glidden Tour in which he took a prominent part. 
Mr. Van Scriv ^ in goggles sad yaohti xi Mrs. Van Scriver 
in duster nd wsll he only Winton among the 

8* c- rs th rt .d the race in Hew York. It w: s able to 
achieve 27 miles per hour nd m de the trip to De rborn, Michi- 
gan without a mishap. Here the Van So 1 wro royally enter- 
tained, spending tvo nights at Dearborn Inn. The President of 
the Winton Co. furnishfd them with spare parts and Mr. Firestone 
presented them with ull set of tires. 

Friday, Stptoabor 6 

Two be utiful old sug-?r bo -.'Is een received from 
Mrs. Susan L. Dyer of Palo Alto, California who writes th 
they were in her f mily for several generations. One, of brown 
and white pattern, belonged to Anne Howe, a d cughter of Colonel 
Ezekiel Howe. She married Josinh Brown. The other, a pink 
Luster bowl, belonged to the i e of Stetal Bro.ri Jr., Susanna 
Whitney Brown. Both are lovely specimens o old china and be- 
BHN o" their association with Colonel Ezekiel Hove, the third 
landlord of the Inn, they --re of speci 1 inter- *t nd importance. 
They will repose in the corner cupboard in the old dining room 
with other Howe china nd glass. Also in the box hich arrived 
without mishap from California, was a picture of Anne Howe, 

Mrs. Dyer's gre t-great -other. 

September 1 to September 7 
Number Three 

Saturday, September 7 Warmer 

Saturdays and wedding receptions ft together at the Inn. 
At Any rate, hardly • Saturday goes by without at le-tst one 
redding reception and very often a veddiag too. Today was 
no exception with Miss Rita McNeil of Somerville s bride in 
a proverbial white weddi- -a. The receiving line formed 
on the si-e la m ;?here photographers snapped pictures while 
the happy couple greeted their frienus -nd relatives number- 
ing sixty-five, ffhen the a 11 c.-me for luncheon, the entire 

r , headed by the bridal party, en me into the hcuse and 
seated themselves in the large dining room, surrounding the 
bride and groom #ho ve-e in the center of the room. A wedding 
c ike ?>:s cut, a iich the u?u;JL hasty 1. as taken by 
the cair. 


Se tember 8 to September 14 

Sunday, September 8, 194.6 

Mr. B.J.Thompson, Woodstock, New Brunsv/ick, Canada 
Dr. end Mrs. H. W. Burchell, Sydney, Nov-i Scotia, Canada 

N. Wendth, Cairo, Egypt 
Elizabeth Bruckman, Strasbur; , j r nee 
Bjorke Fog, Bronshoj , Denmark 
Helena £. Gibbons, Galw y, Irel 
Madame Jor^e Guillen, Seville, Spain 
Hamed Baki, Beirut, Syria 
Mrs. John Pitcairn, Acaapulco, Mexico 

Monday, September 9, 194.6 

Today there -?re many 00 wishes being 

showered upon Mrs. Richsrd B. Hardla relimin ry to he e r- 
ture after a t?o months stay. She came as a kind o; invalid 
after family sickn ..-rca and is levin . i . - 

f rent sort of person. Her interest in an enthu. ure 

has given her m ne v le se on life 1 nd she h here plenty 
of nature material. In fact, she has tsagfet us a about 
things in _ich h v heretofore escaped our notice. 

Also, the has pointed out some new sad r&ra birds. We shall 
miss Mrs. H&rdir. 

Tuesday, September 10, l c Pie sant 

This was the evening o^ the day before the Butter-vorth 
wedding, cme of the most colorful the Wayside Inn has ever known. 
Miss Rachel Butter -orth, the bride, is a member of the flori- 

lily in Pramingham and is kno.*?n to hundreds o\ in this 
communiTy. Tonight the bride room's family were our house-guests 
and shortly after their arriv. 1 e dinner party K&fl held in the 
old dining room. Miss Butter ?orth rovioed a stunning ro 
color •d .alia or the women quests 

of Americ roses for t loor rooms vfcere the 
gu^ housed. Both bride and r : room were - shall we say, 
f gracious as their r/edding day, after fifteen ye rs of 
courtship, dre - netr. 

Wednesday, September 11, 194-6 Pleasant 

Somebody described the Q ;chen as I 
lavishly and indee . a long table stretched the entire 

th o-: the room upon ,vhich m eeed three oblong: white 

floral pieces. These »re ainia^ bells 

tied to white satin stre mers. The bride's bouquet 
of s. The bri Butter. ortn. After the wedding 




September 8 to September 14 



ceremony in the Martha - Mary Chapel, *"hici. Paa I -l?o decorated 
in a lavish manner, ticn w s held in the old Washington 
dining room. From ther** the party, number! :ty-one, i ;- 
j-urned to the Old Kitchen. And surely ae should not fi il to 
mention the food; half a melon stuffed aith fruit, lob? 

Bt of chicken, not forgetting the Sult'ina roll 
for dessert. And still anothe im ; ort-.nt fe turo of the oc- 
casion not to ba o/- -looked #as the bride groon, Mr. Edvin 
Jardin Dietzt 

Thursday, September 12, 1946 

The Old Kitchen h n embellished ;ith ' new- 
old pieces. They re some primitive utensils Found in stora 
For instance, a rare old hanger, useu in the candle making pro- 
cess, has been placed ne--:.r the candle moulds altho' this parti- 
cular wooden prong-shaped device was employe I were 
dipped. Several attractive crocks with blue designs are fill- 
in-; in a heretofor &% corner of the room. Dttpli tatoa h 
been stored away in cupbo i . , -mother ta-e-looia era 
pair of carders for wool. M'.ny have exclaimed over an urn. 
bird - roaster 'hich was set in front of the or en fire. It is 
eouirped with dripping pan an d movabl handle, i new-to-us, 
deep "ooden bowl served as a vase for bright red zinnias the 
other day, giving a spot of color to the sombre fine wslls of 
the ol ; Kitchen. 

Frid; y, Se tember 13, 1946 rm 

^he first dancing classes of the season oore neld 
y. The Redstone School e irst - m into the 
ballroom in good orde- -nd s ie- tin. | Ives prim y in a 
Ion: ro v in front of Mr. Haynes. lie explained a few things 
to the children, then they danced ''Life on the Ocean lava" 
use - the older ones helping the new ones 
when necessary. 

fhile the South— t School was di ,a largs group 
o Hi.rh School students c me in to ;;stch. They I to be 
very much inter y left, their teacher remarked 

uron th ich our chil ncid. 

In the i class there were iivc.n'--' Loys. 
-le they were being shoam the amlta atop the girls arrived 
•-nd the real dancing t Mr. Haynes C the boys 

Several ti ^ing, so when the class 

arrived they *ere very eager to do ev-,-n better. 

September S to September 14 

Satarday, September 14 

The dry started off vith a weddin. :>f 110 

people at 11:4.5 this morn ollo^ea b; lag in the Ball- 
room. We had several smaller parties during the day. Late in 
the afternoon. Willie ■ Pla^ik, a graduate of the a Inn 
Boys School, ceme in to se? us,brin,.in - three yo^ i« 
They drove up from Rhode Island and a ,r 'ter dinner *ez^e planning 
to see a show in Boston. They had made two choices - "Song 
of Norway" at the 0per« House or "Henry vTII? on 

where they could get seats. $e thought they had made an excel- 
lent choice -'.nd Bill explained that all three girls were s 
ing music. 

Sepl^ember lg - flL, 1%$ 


Probably the person most appreciative of the 
Inn and it*s furnishing* today was Major Guyette from the old 
town of Peterborough in New Hampshire. There, in one of the 
large Colonial houses, Major Guyette has his orm museum which 
he described today as containing many pieces similar to those 
he saw here* We presume his collection also specifically dis- 
plays things of local New Hampshire origin* Anyway, the idea 
of such a museum in Peterborough intrigues us. Peterborough 
is famed for its beauty of location, being surrounded by some 
of the lower White Hills and majestically guarded by Mount 
Monadnock. It is also noted for it T s MacDowell Colony, founded 
by the great composer for musicians, poets and writers* In a 
secluded, wooded section of the town, many of America* s famous 
musicians and writers have found the inspiration for their best 
works. Major Guyette has evidently added something more of 
cultural interest to lovely old Peterborough. 


In addition to our regular reservations today, 
we had one which read - "Home for the Aged - 25 ladies arriving 
about 2 * 30 unless stormy - to see the house - no admission to 
be charged. - At the appointed time they arrived, the bus driving 
up to the very door. Some ladies were not able to go about much 
and some could not go upstairs but all seemed very happy to see 
the place they had read so much about. Many poet cards were 
bought to take back as mementos. Mrs* Gifford, one of the ladies 
in charge, says the women are contented at the Home and that there 
is a waiting list of over 100. Every so often a wealthy friend 
sends a check and a trip of some special interest is taken - 
to the Wayside Inn - to ^arblehead for a whiff of salt air or 
somewhere else to see the autumn. foil age. 


"The Old Fall River Line 11 and the Wayside Inn 
may be of vastly different origin and purpose, but they are alike 



September frg - 2^, \%G 
- continued - 

in one respect* Both are American traditions; traditions which 
have made America great. The Old Fall River Line was dramatized 
on the radio the other evening by the Dupont Company on it's 
Cavalcade of America program, and as we heard it, thinking of 
those old, steamboats, which plied between Kew York and Fall 
River, we were reminded by the announcer that the Old Fall 
River Line was one of the institutions which helped build our 
country. The Captain, who married the owner* 8 daughter, was a 
sea-going pioneer* Just so, two hundred years earlier on land, 
was Samuel Howe. Both created something which has become a 
part of the every day life of the American people, one a steam- 
boat and the other a tavern* And, the announcer added - "Tiers 
is always someone in America to carry on these traditions, to 
make them live** 


The two outstanding events of the day, were 
the arrival from Dearborn of Mr. Craig and the luncheon for the 
Rational Theater Owners, who are having a convention in Boston* 
We were all delighted to welcome Mr* Craig to the Inn* Re came 
with Mr. Hamilton, whom we were glad to see again* The house 
was beginning to resound with talk and laughter as over one 
hundred guests of the Convention began to arrive, and at one 
o'clock they sat down to a luncheon of roast chicken, which all 
seemed to enjoy. 


Today, Kr. and Mrs. Fitspa trick had their wed- 
ding reception in the large dining room. The party numbered one 
hundred and fifteen and was served - fruit juice, chicken a la king 
and ice cream* The bride wore a white satin gown and carried one 
white orchid. Iter bridesmaids looked very pretty in pale blue 
gowns with bouquets of red roses and matching red bands in their 

The Rev* Kr. Reeves of Boston and a small party 
of ministers and deaconesses, including an ordained woman minister, 
had luncheon here today. Being vegetarians, they were served a 
vegetable plate, a salad and Indian pudding with ice cream. 


September 15 - 21. 19A6 

- continued - 


Today was a rather quiet one until the Queens 
of Avalon arrived from Marlboro for a dinner meeting. Sot that 
they were too gay for this quiet, old Inn, but their laughter 
resounded through the house as they gathered in the parlor- 
It continued to reach our ears as a turkey dinner was enjoyed 
on the porch. Then the twenty-nine young ladies held a business 
meeting and listened to a bright, English girl tell of her ex- 
periences. All proclaimed the evening a great success. 


Saturday evening was rather busy but nevertheless 
a pleasant one. The latter part of the afternoon was taken up 
with inquiries as to the location of the small ballroom for the 
Junior D.A.R., under the leadership of Hiss Brown, to 
hold a meeting there at five o* clock. An hour later, the same 
group of nice looking, young ladies were served a turkey dinner 
on the porch 

^hile this affair was taking place, another group 
was gathering in the barroom. They were the Wayside Inn Boys 
School Alumni* Many of the boys came in to pay their respects to 
Miss Fisher, who was eager to greet each and every one of them. 
\y One boy, out of the group of twenty, seemed especially glad of 
the chance to come back to the Inn. He was Bill Quinn. He was 
wearing an Army uniform, explained that he had just arrived 
from overseas on this day of his class reunion. He was doubly 
glad he could attend* At seven o'clock the boys were served a 
chicken dinner in the large diningroom and concluded the evening 
with a short business meeting* 


Sunday, September 22 Pleasant 

Mrs* Harding, a iormer house-rues t, has been mentioned many 
times ead once again her name must appesr. It will be remembered 
that she rj much interested in the birds ,nd saw so many 
in her walks around the estate and -?as the first person to call 
our attention to the beautiful pair of <hite herons. 

Recently there c^jne to our attention a book of poems written 
by Mrs. Harding's bro-cher, Preston Clark, who died some years ago. 
It is called "Magic" and each one of the 100 poems, some very short, 
only e line or two, is a little gem in it elf . They are 11 so 
lovely that the followin caosen with gre alty. 

The majic tonight is the sunset* s colors 
That crept into earth's son the pass- 
ing o 
The rose .nd the lavend&_r-, du itii gel 
In the wind-son^ of leaves where fire.'.'l.. 

Scarlet - the hardest to see in the night- 
time - 
Sings in the heron* c: 11 over the marsh, 
Since I discovered this there is a glory no- 
In that night - cry so common that once w s 
so harsh. 

Monday, September 23 Warm and Cloudy 

The Gray Line bus brought only six ceople tod.,y instead of 
the usual t /enty or thirty. The luncheon hour was fairly quiet. 
Two la.ies from Grosse Pointe as .'fell as a f e r others came to see 
the house in the morning. Several reservations for dinner *e 
made by phone. Everyone seems so pleased to find u: on a 
Monday! Behind the b; r there reposes a curious little object made 
of wood presented to us yesterday by Miss Alice M -t Howe of 
Providence, R., I. It is a pincushion in the shape of a samov 
with tiny faucet and two ivory rin, : :s. The top • t pin- 
cushion, once red velvet but no ui >rn. Miss Howe 
said it has been h^nde down in her few >r 200 y ori- 
ginally belonged to John Howe of Boston. She is a descendant of 

t - 



September 22 to September 28 



Abraham Howe of Roxbury and related to the Inn Howe3. 

Tuesday, September 24th 

In past years, before the W<r, the Greens of Avalon in Marl- 
boro held many dinner meetings at the Inn. They discontinued acti- 
vities abut two years ago. Tonight, uowever, they me La, about 
thirty in number, and planned to hold one bn uet ye riy. Tonight 1 s 
meetisr- Btarl Lth dinner served on the porch. Later a very enter- 
taining speaker kept the group almost spellb-unc .vs. described 
conditions in the schools of Englmci during the far. B : Miss 
Joan Hartley, a former teacher in Ssau&ette?, England, and now on 
the teaching staff of the East Weymouth, Massac*uset iblic schools, 
Our historic P rlor M the scene of the talk; a room v.-hich has heard 
many tales of War - Indian War, Revolutionary, Star of 1312, First 
World War nd tonight some anec of World War II crept into the 
cricks of its sturdy old beams. 

Wednesday, September 25th Warm .^nd Muggy 

Mrs. Ros^ with four other ladies came for lunch -ooday. Two 
of the group, registered from Klampenborg, Denmark, were a mother 
and dau-hter, Mrs. Monberg and Mareta Monberg. The young b irl is 
entering a college in Oxford, Ohio. They enjoyed seeing the Inn 
and after luncheon sat around the table in the parlor while Mrs. Ross 
read excerpts from "Characters in the Tales of a Wayside Inn" by 
Dr. Vnn Schaick. The chapter about the Musician, Ole Bull appealed 
especially to them and they were pleased to see sever I pic u; :s of 
the Norwegian violinist h r, ing in the room. 

In the evening several house-guests arrived until only one 
single room was left* At seven o'clock a group of 55 "omen from 
Worcester filled the house with chatter until they were called to 
dim; all was uiet. But soon tne echoes n the ladies 
adjourned to the Ballroom whsre th y s-.rnBf old-fashioned songs until 
a late hour. / 

Thursday, September 26th Pleasant 

Thirty-five past presidents nd other officers of the Newton 
Women's Club were luncheon guests today ,.nd were mil or, nized 

September 22 to September 28 


under kha 'irectior. of Mrs. Grnce Home, She ■*■ the able chair- 
man of the luncheon committee and mxf sincere appreciation of 
the food served and the gMd time enjoyed by all. 

This evening a of nine men, interested in the Dairy 
Products business, were served a roast : uck dinner in the Old Kitchen. 

Friday, September ?£nd -aer 

i o f oreign birth be more interested in American 
literature then Americans themselves? life asked oursel is ques- 
tion as we a letter received racently from Annunciata Trignani: 

"I am a ctuient of St. Thomas Annex, Philadelphia. 
I have been re ding "The T Wayside Inn". I 
found it very interesting indeed! I aa mostly 
in*' re-, t ?.d in the Prelude. I would like to h;v2 some 
pictures. I'll be very grcteul if you would send 

urday, September 28th Sunny and Warm 

Twelve, noon, on Saturday, September 28th was the beginning 
of a vsry busy Saturday, for at this time the Rice Family Reunion 
was to be held. Mr. Arthur P. Rice of Hart for? Connecticut *&fl in 
charge of the arrangements. A group of about one-hundred and ten 
gathered in the Ballroom for registration. Inanediai §ly following 
registration, a buffot luncheon was served. ArVter the luncheon, 
the gu»sts inspected the various rooms in the Inn and ab.-ut 2 P.JI* 
held a business meeting in the Large Ballroom. 

At one P. M. a second luncheon I as served to a party of 
sixty-eight. This group ?ras headed by Mrs. J. C - %\ of 

Worcester, Mass. The old Dining Room was the scene of this gather- 
ing and many fashionably dressed ladles helped to make the affair 
a gay and outstanding event. 

Last, but not least came a group of jolly tamo ngnrr from 

the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. They wt . :-ved afternoon 

tea on the porch, and seemed to enjoy ev ry minute of their stay 
at the Inn. 

"eptember 29 to October 5 

Sunday, September 29 Pleasant 

k link has been added to the Wayside Inn chain which stretches 
out. from Sudbury into all parts of the United States nd even into 
foreign countries. For instance, there is a former Wayside Inn employee 
living in Central America who writes a letter once in a while to remind 
us that she is thinking and talkin aboot the Inn in that far - away 
1 . nd. Sometimes a message comes from across the Atlantic oce^n - greet- 
ings from a former guest. All are friendly links in. a i'riendly ch*in. 
Tonight a stop was made at a lonely f?rm hous<- ; in New Hampshire where 
a sign announced: "Wayside F rm - Fresh Eggs". Here a pleasant house- 
wife explained that her Wayside term aai nr.raed for the Wayside Inn in 
Sudbury, Massachusetts because of happy times spent there. Another 
link added - and a strong one; one that will hold that chain together 
with friendliness and good will. 

Monday, September 30 Rain 

In spite of the unpleasant weather, Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes brought 
three guests to breakfast this morning. Two of the people were from 
Ohio and very anxious to see the house. After breakfast the window 
shades in the old ballroom wee lowered and pictures vara thrown on the 
white wall which seemed to be of interest to them all. Mr. Rhodes ex- 
ined that preci. us *ime was saved this wf-y as the young couple were 
on their way westward and it would hv: taken too much time to go back 
to his house. 

Mrs. Bischoff, our house-guest from England, sat in the 
parlor knitting by the window waiting for her daughter to call for her. 
She was very much delayed on account of the rain but Mrs. Bischoff 
seemed quite content and chatted pleasantly with the other guests. 

Tuesday, October 1 Cloudy 

Two K boys drove out this afternoon from Cambridge in 
a Ford c r, made in 1924.. They rattled into the parking space and 
then came shivering into the Inn. "Ton see, it doesnH have any top 
on it, and never did have one", said the taller youth who is n old 
friend. He has been coming to the Inn since he w*s a small boy. Both 
wanted + ea - "loads of it and very hot!" they exclaimed. Mr. Colclough, 
now • til. handsome youth, has been interested in things old and rare, 
since a child. He so id he bought the Ford to take him back and forth 




September 29 to October 5 



from Cambridge to New Hampshire where he has recently acquired an 
old house "just for fan". After tea, the boys steered the old car 
by the front door of the Inn and chugged over the narrow dirt road at 
a rather alarming speed as they waved good-bye. 

Wednesday, October 2 Cold 

This proved to be a very quiet dsy due, perhaps, to the 
cold* It seems to be afternoon tea weather and many teas are being 
served each day. 

Mrs. Dallin brought a group of 40 ladies from far and near 
to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Quincy Mansion School. The 
school is no longer in existence, having been discontinued since 1915, 
but the school spirit was very much alive. Each guest wore a badge 
with her name to make recognition a little easier. There was much 
laughter during lunch on the Porch in which some of the other guests 
Joined. Rev. Robinette from Pawtucket, R. I., a frequent visitor 
for many years, said, "They even tried to pin a badge on me!" 

Thursday, October 3 

Phone Frost, who de-Is in antiques during the summer mont 
in Vermont, registered this week on her way to Florida, reminding us 
that frosty d«ys are just around the corner. On the same page, 
Mrs. W. C. Shell is registered from Newton, North Carolina, which 
makes us think of the seashore. Possibly Mrs. Shell toe, is return- 
ing to a warmer climate. Mrs. Mum, whose name appears on the first 
line of the page, from Indianapolis, Indiana is evidently mum about 
the whole matter and perhaps does not care whether xihe weather is hot 
or coldt And Mrs. Iouisa Nichol from the same mid-western city proba- 
bly does not care a nickel about it either! On the other hand, we have 
Dr. Ralph E. Cloud of Austin, Texas who aay feel quite concerned about 
which way the vind blows. Anyway, Mrs. Herbert A Snow from Arlington, 
Massachusetts, has added her name, along virlth that of Phetae Frost, just 
as a reminder I 

Friday, October U Fair and fl^rm 

The sight-seers coming to the Inn in the past fe- days must 
certainly be impressed by the scenic beauty which en be seen for 
miles around. The Grist Mill looks expecially lovely this fall, for 
it is banked in a colorful array of crimson and ^old. 

September 29 to October 5 

Another interesting and beautiful spot is along the banks 
of the pond at the farther end of the Old Country Store. One could 
spend many pleasant moments gseing at the colorful scenery which 
surrounds this quaint little pond. 

Saturday, October 5 Very Warm 

At 4- P« M. Miss Helen Johnson of Arlington, Massachusetts 
was married in the M rtha - Mary Chapel. 

The brir*e was attractively dressed in m powder blue suit 
with matching hat trimmed with blue feathers. Her maid of honor 
wore a grey suit of the same style, with rink accessories. 

A buffet tea was held in the Large Ballroom, with about 
one hundred meats in attendance. 

In the evening, a group of twenty-one enjoyed a turkey din- 
ner served them in the Old Kitchen. The group was under the direc- 
tion of Mrs. Tanerim* of Worcester, Massachusetts, and from the 

ts of laughter that could be he-re from time to time throughout 
the evening, the group must hate spent a very enjoyable evening at 
the Inn. 

the waiside isn 

Period of October 6th, to October 12, 1946 Incl. 


Sund&y, October 6, 1946 Very Pleasant 

The day began cheerfully because of the 
appearance of Mr. George Brady, house guest from 
Connecticut, who usually brings a beaming smile with 
him. This morning ms no exception. Mr. Brady*s smile 
was there as he ordered b st and we remembered 
particularly that kindly look in his eyes. As a rcatter 
of fact, we remarked on hie friendliness and cheerfulness 
and as we did so, the smile returned. It stretched 
across his large, ruddy face as he explained his receipe 
for living happily, "I employ hundreds of men" said 
Mr. Brady, "and I pay them amply for overtime trork. I 
pay them for sick leave and I treat them as I would like 
to be treated myself. I have no labor unions and have 
never had any labor trouble". Mr. Brady is a man of 
large physique and it is easy to understand why his son 
"made* the Harvard football team. "les", continued our 
kindly friend, ■ I try to follow my son to every game. 
He rather likes to have me there". 

Monday, October 1 $ 1946 Very Warm 

Last night a family of four arrived on 
their way home to Sarasota, Florida. The Arnests^who 
are planning to stay three of four days 9 consist of 
the Father and Mother, the grandaotherj and small boy of 
five. This morning Mr. Ames looked a little sober when 
he came down for breakfast and no wonder. For one thing 
a hurricane was scheduled to pass through his home and 
then his little boy wasn't feeling very well. But later 
on things looked a little brighter. The hurricane did 
not strike Sarasota and the doctor said all the little 
boy needed was rest and quiet for awhile. Grandmother 
stayed here with him and Mr. and Mrs. Arnest were able 
to visit friends in Boston. 

Afternoon tea ws>.s served to a group of 
17 ladies of the Hellanic Women's Club of Boston. 
Mrs. Frangoulis, the hostess, wanted her guests shown 
through the house which they seemed to enjoy. 




Period of October 6th, to October 12, 1946 Incl. 

Later in the day a man came to the Bar and with 
great pride showed the hostess two bottles which he had 
Just purchased. Each was shaped like a bear and was 
just like the one we have in the Tap Room with the exception 
of the color; his were white glass and ours is a bottle 

Tuesday, October 8, 1946 Partly Cloudy 

A few of our antique friends have returned from 
Dearborn v?here they under went repair operations. The 
little old iron Phoebe Lamp, minus it*s upper trough, has 
now ane? one made by an expert craftsman. The tinder 
box which lost the candle holder from it's round tin lid, 
has received a duplicate which makes it complete and 
useful again. In the old dining room, the caster set is 
once more gracing the center of the old Hutch Table with 
four matching bottles and two new old perber hats for 
the salt and pepper shakers. Speaking of hats, the 
leather hat box containing one tall beaver hat, so amusing 
to our guests, finally wore out completely. This has 
been replaced by a very quaintly shaped box and hat~ 
new additions to the Wayside Inn antique family. Other 
members seem particularly bright and shining too, probably 
their way of greeting old and new relatives. 

Wednesday, October 9» 1946 Pleasant 

A beautiful fall day with the brilliant Autumn 
colors against a clear blue sky brought quite a few guests 
for luncheon - among whom was Mr. McMillan. He comes 
from Boston and drives out very often usually with 
Mrs. McMillan. To day, however, he brought his great niece 
and her husband from Detroit, Michigan. The thing they 
were shown first and that rrhich interested them most wps 
the Spider Chandelier in the Old Dining Room. One just 
like it is hanging in their own home and it was presented 
to them by Mr. Ford. 

The Afternoon was quiet. Most of our house guests 
having gone in to Boston to watch the Red Sox and Cardinals 



Period of October 6th, to October 12, 1946 Incl. 

Then in the evening we were fairly busy. A prrty 

of about twenty Girl Scouts and their leader had a duck 

dinner and then held an impromptu meeting in the old 
kitchen sitting around the open fire. 

Thursday, October 10, 1946 Pleasant 

This was an ideal tea afternoon at the Innj crisp 
October air and the landscape a paisley shawl pattern 
of Autumn colors. October sunshine crept into the old 
dining room where tables were set with plates of dainty 
sandwiches and pots of tea surrounded by pink and white 
tea cups. A fire crackled on the hearth. What could be 
more inviting to a group of thirty-six women who had been 
sight-seeing by bus in Boston? 

They were wives of Port Authorities; men in charge 
of ports from Boston to San Francisco. As they left the 
dining room, the sun was just setting. Twilight entered 
the Parlor as a hostess recited to them Longfellow's own 
description of the Inn: 

"One Autumn Night, in Sudbury Town 
Across the meadows, bare and brown, 
The windows of the Wayside Inn 
Gleamed red with fire light through 

the leaves 
Of woodbine hanging from the eaves* 

Friday, October 11, 1946 Very Pleasant 

Today, among our luncheon guests was Mrs, Own 
D. Brewster, wife of Senator Brewster from Maine. She 
was attractively dressed in a brown crepe afternoon 
dress, with a captivating little brown fur felt hat. 
After luncheon she explained her presence in Massachusetts. 

She came to attend an Institute on the Far East, 
being held at Wellesley College. The Institute is 
undsr the direction of the Soong Foundation, and had as 
it's guest speaker Mr. Adolph Berle, former Ambassador to 



Period of October 6th, to October 12, 194-6 Incl. 

Saturday, October 12, 1946 Very Pleasant 

The most outstanding guest today, a holiday, 
was Miss Helen Stowell from Hingham, Mass. who asked if 
she might be permitted to use the old Ball-room for 
displaying some hooked rugs to a group of friends. 
The hostesses looked on and soon learned that Miss Stowell 
designed the rug patterns herself. She also gives 
instructions in the art of making rugs to large groups 
of students. Six rugs were displayed, four of which 
were done in a bright floral design with contrasting 
black or white back grounds. Each rug was a distinct 
and beautiful picture. 



Week of October 13th, to October 19, 1946 


Suhday, October 13th, 1946 Pleasant 

Lucky remarks begird on Sunday, the 13th. 

"This Is the first house of its kind where 
things are arranged right - and not mixed 
up. Things that belong together are kept 

■Everything in the house is in sufch good 
taste" „ 

"I like this because it is the real thing. 
There are so many imitations." 

•This house and everything in it lias character*. 

Monday, October 14, 1946 Pleasant 

Today the Inn is taking on en expectant look. 
All the pewter, brass and copper seems tc shine with 
an extra glowj the cuifeins seem a little whiter and 
mors starched than usual and the late flowers from 
the old-fashioned garden hare been given special 
arrangements in all the rooms. In fact there Is bustle 
and preparation everywhere on the estate. Everyone 
moves a little more eagerly about his appointed tasks. 
The reason, tomorrow Mr. and Mrs. Ford are expected 
to pay us a visit and we want them to know how welcome 
they are. Late tonight Mrs. Plant iff arrives and 
over the phone sounded delighted to be coming. She 
didn't want to be fussed over. "Just a bed and one 
red apple", as she expressed it. It was a pleasure to 
hear her lovely voice again. 

Tuesday, October 15, 1946 Pleasant 

The surrounding countryside donned its best 
Autumn dress this morning} one of brilliant red and 
yellow. At noon time the colors were particularly bright 
and beautiful in the light of a warm October Sun which 
sent welcoming rays along the road from Framingham to 
the Inn. It was over this road that Mr. and Mrs. Ford 
came, arriving here after an absence of nearly two yeara. 
Heedless to say the Inn rejoices in their presence. 

Week of October 13th, to October 19th, 1946 

Tonight a Mrs. Lund of Worcester arranged for 
a party of nineteen to be served a turkey dinner. This 
was held as per schedule and enjoyed by all present. 

October 16th, 19-46 Plea&:jrb 

Another perfect fall day, warm and sunny 
and the the foliage is still a riot of color; the 
maples are especially brilliasrb. Some leaves hairs fallen 
and Mr. Davieau rskes the lawns every day. Ha has a 
new kind of implement, a combination rake and wheel- 
barrow that seems to work like magic Mr. and Mrs. Ford 
with Mr. ^addell and Mrs. Plan tiff came back from Chapel 
about noon time. After lunch they took a short walk 
through the old fashioned garden. One of the ne# employees 
happened to see Mr. Ford bend over l,o stroke a stray 
kitten that talked up to him across the lawn. She said 
it was almost as gooa as meeting him and it certainly dio. 
make an unforgettable picture. 

At about two o'clock a group of &5 students 
from a town near Worcester were expected and we held 
ourselves in readiness to take them through the house. 
They cere delayed, however, and did not arrive until 
dinner time when we were very busy. We were quite 
relieved to discover that they were of college age and 
could take care of themselves more or less. 

Thursday, October 17, 1946 Pleasant 

Ten guests arrived at ten-thirty this aorning 
to celebrate a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. The 
middle -aged couple were Mr, and Mrs. J. F. King from 
West Goneord. Children and early morning sunshine surrounded 
them as a full course lobster Breakfast was served. A 
bright fire crackled on the hearth and at least twenty- 
five good wishes burned brightly. 

At noon time Mr. and Mrs. Ford*s luggage was 
loaded into & car and good-byes were said, fi.s usual the 
Inn family regretted that their visit was so short and 
all hope that they will come again soon. 

Week of October 13th to 19th 

Friday, October 18 lay and Cold 

Today was a dark and gloomy day with nothing of special 
interest occurring until the middle of the afternoon when ■ man came 
in and registered as Henry W. Longfellow III. This aroused our curio- 
sity, and upon further inquiry, we found that this Mr. Longfellow's 
grandfather and our Henry W. Longfellow were cousins, 

Mr. Longfellow and his wife -re stopping at the Inn for 
few days while their new home in Weston, Massachusetts is being com- 
pleted. We ?re ind«*.d happy to know th;.t Mr. Longfellow is to be our 
neighbor <nd hope he will make fre uent visits to the Inn. 

Saturday, October 19 Fair nd Warmer 

This day was a very busy, but pleasant one, the first interest- 
ing event being the wedding reception of Miss McKenna of Cambria 
Massachusetts. Luncheon was served in the large dining room for about 
ninety guests. A three-piece orchestra played appropriate music curing 
the luncheon and a short reception and dance followed in the large 
Ballroom* Later in the afternoon a very fashionable enga ement tea was 

The large Ballroom was decorated in bright colored chrysonthe- 
moms which made a iuaint and colorful background for the bride-to-be, 
Miss Ostr?nder of West Newton. 

leek of October 20 - 26, 1946 

Sunday, October 20, 1946 Pleasant 

In October, eighty-four years ago, Longfellow drove 
with his publisher-friend Fields, to the Inn. "It was a 
delicious Indian Summer day", recorded the poet. A delicious 
day, What a charming description is given by that word 
"delicious" I All day today, we have been groping for that 
very word, peeking out the front door, gazing through the / 
windows, smelling the fresh air - and just sitting and wish- 
ing for the right adjective I Longfellow has itj not in a 
famous story-poem, but in the hasty lines of his Diary. May 
we borrow the word, Mr. Longfellow, for the Wayside Inn Diary 
on this "delicious" October day, 1946. 

Monday. October 21, 1946 Cold and Clear 

This seems to be the day for straying animals. Two 
of our sheep leaped over a fence during the night and wandered 
off. They soon came back, however, and waited patiently by 
the barn across the road for someone to put them back into the 
field again. A frost has turned everything brown but the 
sheep still find enough green things underneath to nibble at. 
Their coats have become thick and woolly during: the suraaer. 
Thre* strange cows were discovered in one of our pastures. No 
one seems to know where they came from. 

Mr. and Mrs.- Colby have purchased the Walker place. 
We are glad they are going to be such near neighbors. 

Tuesday, October 22, 1946 Pleasant 

Two distinquished visitors were recognised today ?.s 
they ordered luncheon under an assumed name. They «rere 
Ronald Coleman and Richard Barthelemess, well known actors. 
Both were dressed in dapper fashion and were accompanied by 
their wives, Mrs. Coleman being the screen actress, Benita 
Hume. After luncheon they were about to make a hasty departure 
when a hostess intercepted and with pen in hand asked for 
their signatures in our Special guest book. 

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Week of October 20 - 26, 1946 

Wednesday, October 23, 1946 Warm - Sunny 

At nine o'clock this morning children begaji peering 
in at every window to see U . ouse was open. When 
assured that it was, about one hundred of them came trooping 
in. ey were from a school in Lancaster, Massachusetts and 
throughly enjoyed going through the different room*. 

Mr. Keller, a frequent visitor and dealer of antiques 
in Bridgeton, Ifeine, and who, by the way, has a little red 
schoolhouse on his own property, brought blue Canton ginger 
jar to shaw us. He had just bought e pair of them, in perfect 
condition, and was rery much pleased with his purchase. Due 
to a sprained ankle he is giving up a trip to New York and is 
staying here to recuperate. He loves the Inn and the antiques 
and is always reluctant to leave. This time he is delighted 
to have such a good excuse for staying. 

Thursday, October 24, 1946 Pleasant 

The old dining room was filled this noon with 
forty-five real boys. They were newsboys being entertained 
by their home newspaper, T be Pawtucitet (Rhode Island) Times. 
And they l vely, hungry boys. They ate Chicken Pie and 
Ice Cream until it seemed as if they would burst. But it's 
only once a year; an annual outing and treat provided in ecog- 
nition of faithful service and safe delivery of the Times. 

Tonight the large dining room was the scene of another 
rty, thi3 time for Girl Scout leaders j about seventy-five 
women, sitting down to a Turkey dinner. is was followed by 
a meeting and serious discussion of girl scout problems. 

lay, October 25, 1946 Fair and Cold 

The children from the Mary Lamb and Southwest Schools 
did not come to the Inn for dancing classes today on account of 
s Teacher's Convention ^thus the Inn was unusually quiet Tor a 
Friday afternoon. However, the evening classes were held in 

large Ballroom. Joyous songs and ter resounded from 
the dance hall and also from the dinner guests in the old 
Dining room. It was early evening and everything was going 

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Week of October 20-26, 1946 

when all at once the house was in darkness. Fortunately one 
man possessed a flash light, but when asked to assist the 
hostess in the search for candles, he remarked, in a casual 
manner, "Oh, I think I'll be running along now". Realizing 
what he had said, he joined in the laughter and also in the 
search for candles. A few minutes later t :ie on 

and the events of the evening continued. 

Saturday, October 26, 19^6 Pleasant 

Among our luncheon guests today were Mr. and 
Colby the new owners of the Walker House. They brought a 
.close friend of theirs and introduced Ma as Mr. Charl- 
E. Kelly, Director of the Cldcago Art Institute. 

In the evening a nicely arranged Buffet Tea was 
served in the large Ballroom. It was the wedding reception 
of Siss Murphy from Tfest Newton. Beautifully shaded pink 
and ;]rold flowers adorned either end of the ser .able. 

The bride wore a traditional gown of white 
slipper satin, fashioned with a long train and finger tip 
length veil. Her bridesmaids were attractively gonmed 
in tulle of pastel shades with matching picture hats. 

As the bride left the hall and descended the 
stairs, peals of laughter resounded from the bridesmaids 
and the bride exclaimed "I'll never wear a train agsin as 
long as I live," 



October 27 - Hovember 2, 1946 



Such a lovely day as dawned upon the Inn this morning made 
ua think first of the wedding which was to take place in the Chapel. 
It was still a very beautiful day at three o'clock, the time set for 
the ceremony* The happy bride was Miss Say of Worcester who became 
%rs. Walter H. Wilkin. Twenty-five friends and relatives joined in 
congratulations as they partook of a late Sunday dinner on the porch* 
Crowds of other Sunday guests gazed upon the bride and groom as they 
left the Inn after cutting a two-tiered wedding cake. 


The warm weather continues but it seems a little cooler to- 
day and the sun did not come out until afternoon. Another Wayside 
Inn Boys School graduate came to see us, just returned from Japan. He 
served twelve months in an Air Bourne Division of the U. S. Army and 
was delighted to be coming home for good. Andrew Nicholas, otherwise 
known as *Hicky fl was warmly greeted throughout the house. He brought 
his buddy with him. This young man was anxious to See the place Ricky 
talked so much about on the other side of the world. 

Red barberries and autumn leaves arranged with a sprig of 
green pine gave a cheerful note of color in all the dining rooms* 


The President of Radcliffe College was a member of Professor 
Schell' s group this evening) President Jordan. He came as a guest of 
•The Waysiders" who, under the direction of Professor Schell, dine here 
once a month through the Winter. Usually they bring a distinguished 
guest or two and always someone to talk to them after dinner* The 
speaker tonight was an authority on tobacco, it's growth and the uses 
to which it is put. All* including President Jordan, formed a semi- 
circle around the fire place in the old kitchen while they relaxed and 
listened for an hour or two. Some are professors at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology like Professor Schell and others are associ- 
ated with Harvard* Two are doctors of medecine and a few are business 


October 27 - Hovember 2, 1946 


The thermometer went up to $0° today In the unseasonable 
warmth of those last days of October when normally we should be hawing 
frosts • Tomatoes are still being picked and a yellow dandelion was 
found in bloom an. the Chapel lawn. 

Dr. Woodworth came to have lunch with three other ladies. 
She is not a young person but is full of energy and quite a talker* 
This is her third Tisit recently and on her first a few weeks ago 
she was so entranced with the beauty of the place in its autumn color- 
ing that she actually picked some of the most brilliant leaves and 
sent them to S£rs« Ford. She told us how thrilled she was to receive 
an appreciative reply and was so pleased to hear that Mr. and Btrs. 
Ford had been here and had seen their lovely place at its best. 


The Inn was quiet on this Halloween with no particular celeb- 
ration except at the Boy's School where a party was held. Jack o* 
lanterns shed all their bright smiles on the guests at Dutton Lodge who 
included faculty members and Mr. and Mrs. Purdy. 

Professor Schell, mentioned in Tuesday's diary, entertained 
here again this evening, a birthday party in honor of Mr. John H. Macom- 
ber who is famous for his magnificent country estate in Fraaingham Ctr. 
and its nationally known stables. Professor and Krs. Schell were guests 
of Mr. Kacomber several years ago at his castle in Scotland and tonight 
showed beautiful lantern-slide pictures of their visit. Preceding this 
entertainment the guests, numbering ten and including Mrs. Compton, wife 
of the President of the Bass* Institute of Technology, dined at the long 
trestle table in the old kitchen. 


Among our luncheon gues$ on this day came a group of ladies 
known as the Dames Club and because of their intense interest in every- 
thing around them, we came to find out that they were the wives of 

October 27 - November 2, 1946 

students at M. I. T. There were eleven in the group and nine 
different states represented by them which surely was the reason for 
their interest in our historic Inn. 

Early afternoon of the same day brought a vivacious young 
lady who introduced herself as Kiss Sealey froa the New England School 
of Art in Cambridge, Mass. Miss Sealey conducted her group of ten 
students through the Inn and explained the period furniture to them 
as they sketched some of the most outstanding pieces. 



This was a rather uneventful^ day until preparations were 
begun for two wedding receptions which were to take place in the early 

One party was held on the porch and the other in the old 
dining room. Both tables were adorned with pure white table cloths, 
two white tapers and a towering wedding cake in the center of each 

After dinner one of the parties held a short dance in the 
large baHrooa. Both bride and grooa were lovely dancers and aade a 
very attractive picture as they waltzed gracefully around the dance 


November 3 to November 9, 1946 

Sunday, November 3 Pleasant 

^ names are put on our reservation r.heet for dinner 
evry Sunday at 12:30 P. M, They are McConnell &nd Rigby. Mr. 
and Mrs. Mc Connell have a table in the ne;v dining room *hile ^r. 
rnd l(fcrs« Tike to sit on the porch. The latter arrive 
ly after the morning service in the old Eaylsnd Unitarian church 
f the way, is a lovely white, Colonial meeting house vith 
•il Revere bell. Recently the ./hole church bui Its beau- 

tiful spire hes been floodlighted at night like our o an Martha*- Bar/ 
Chs King an inspirin. sight in the center of this neighboring 

Thirty Troraen, all members of the staff of the -sellesley 
Co" Library, dned here thi? evening. 

Monday, November U Cloudy 

The musical bell of our new alined telephone tinxles 

often 3 the Thanks giving reservation! o. 

Six o'clock le no; the earliest one may stty soon 

•v tions ill have to be closec ether. Sprays of 

bittersweet decorated the mantles in so the room? Ln others, 

br nches of b re still being used . It seems more luxuriant 

this y. y every ro;oside the bushes hang heavily laden ith 
let berries. 

Mr. Boecker arrived to take pictu aring the quiet 
morning. Ii toe hi ht white 

brought out nev sh unexpectr. titles i faaili 

Tues ay, November 5 Pleasant 

The last chocolate bit was eaten to; box se 

by Mrs. Plantiff . After her visit, t , she beau- 

tiful tin box, racked full of delicious chocolate L t 

pieces of chocolate of especially dellci vor. They ike 
pevmuts in t: tea you en one, yc other 

one rif;ht ?ayl The box itself ems made In En. : rtis- 

tic-lly decorated, el ay etty orn.-rnent. T i tine 11 
n ■-", ^rs. Plantiff. 

November 3 to *©ve»ber 9, 1 

Wednesday, November 6 Cold 

;ryone is interested in the newspapers this morning to 

elections yei y hich turned out to be "avor- 

le to the Republican Party, which has been yi - Lve 


Billy Thompson, Wayside Inn Boys School, came in to see us 
in. He has just been disefc La the Pacific ar 

durin , He has found himself a job, vorking outdoors 
the ' el. 

Just . inert ime M jor Pierce - rrivsd to stay over night. 
We could see from the insieni on his uniform that h octor. 

:mer he told =n interesting story about his cr^t-gr-ndmother. 
She hae xsk of sheep b five or r:i- bl ck sb 

alon<- ith the jnes in order tc have ok thread that would 
not fade to reave into her patterns. She use butternuts for dyeing, 
ste*- . he husks in crater to get rent shades of bro 

Thursday, November 7 rtly Cloudy 

A party i r dine & in the ol" Kitchen this evening, all 
facing a blazing fire on the hearth as 3 light flickered on the 
red-checkered table cloth. Soup NJ served in ol r boi&s and 
thick steaks for the m in coarse e - topped off with old fashioned 
Indian Pu'ding. 

In the main dining room, rty from S , number! 
fourteen, jolly time eft they partook •. Poll course turkey 

Friday, November 8 In 

Although this wad rainy end cold day, the Inn still re- 
. :&(? its bright and cheerful atmosphere. 

T o parti re held. ft a luncheon held in 

honor of the iftieth anniversary of the Fireside Clut ?cester, 
BlassachusettS heon took elace on the Pore 

by a short business meetir 

Later in the even i it , 

in the old Dininr Room. This «a s ui ic le birl arty, 

for e* ch lady a nder orchid, ,- bright color d a 

libut , a 

November 3 to November 9, 194-6 

dinner salad &n& topped it off srith our teaaoM Indian pu ding. 

Saturday, November 9 nd Colder 

This a rather crisp day, it made everyone in the Inn 
feel the splendor of the globing fireplaces in the old Kitchen, the 
old Dining Boom, and the Bar Room. 

Everyons at the Inn is entering into the spirit of the 
holiday season, for 1th the many inquiries about ThsakflgiviD 

even Christmc e , on© could not help but become intensely interested, 
and several times during the day one could . hostess busily mak- 
ing bright colored stockings for our annual Chri. rty. 


November 10 to 16, 194-6 

Sunday, November 10 Pleasant 

We have an unusual s-ruesx; one v?ho MB ■ room for 
daytime only n sleeps in it #hile the rest of us are wide 
dcel He is Mr. Simmons of Worcester and Boston 'diose work takes 
him b - It I forth between the two places. The Inn is I f-way 
point r.u has been i s such by Mr. Simmons for ms.ny years; 

s, he told us today. Just a* he vafl about x,o 
to his room after y bre , our day-ti 

vst paused to say that never -renty-two 

y-Qrva ho the Inn aer\ ?h excellent food. He a 

course food in general is better now than it r two 

ago, he Inn is serving the best in twenty-two yecrs - 
that is quite t. record! 

Monday, November 11 Rain 

leather on Armistice Day ir usu lly cold and .se- 
nd today was no exception to the rule. This did not dis- 
courage our ■ i^sta, meals 
on Sunday. s must ta -ce in : er 
bo Miss Donegan was married to Mr. Bcncile;, ive o'clock. 
About one b ndred people attended the ceremony at the Chapel 
efterftr small imate friends h \irkey dinner 
in the old dining room. The light i, on 
the white catin of the brid m who had one a in 

"S in her bou uet. The little 
flower girl •• ttr cted almost as much attention aa the t so 
little and demure ' :ot of flowers held just 

. to le- ve after the c Lin 

bile chatting in sm ... ae bride i -oom 

cams back to have " ; ,n. 

Tuesday, November 12 Cloudy 

The Middlesex County Extension Service, with Mr. JAcDou 
as director, is. wont to hold luncheon meetings at the Inn. At 

it be ore the w; t Bowdich, oar neighborly Le— 

led, the Extension Servic onnel met here frequently. 
Today they numbered t venty and partook of luncheon a on the 
porch. A business meeting followed. 



November 10 to 16, 1946 


Wednesday, November 13 Warmer 

All the trees are bare now with the exception of the 
oak trees, some of which keep their dried leaves all winter. One 
old elm in "ront of the Inn will never bloom again. The men came 
and chopped it. down o. This old tree had been dead 

for some time ana had become a menance as it mi topple over in 

high win- some day. It was interesting to watch the men with 
th^ir ropes and pulleys and how Peerlessly they climbed w&y up 

h leaning over from their pi rch co saw off a huge liiu'r . 

The last bit? rk an<~: parts of small branches wore being picked 
up today and the stumps of too do d oak trees were removed as well, 
Ev ry spring for hundreds of years the birds have built their nests 
in thes 9 old tr^es and the squirrels have swarmed over them and raised 
families in their hollow branches. It was a common sight to see a 
mother bird fly up to a r unci hole where hungry mouths ware waiting 
for the tidbit in her beak or a squirrel scrambling busily up 
down eitfa a dead loaf in uth to 3 ine a cozy nest for the win- 
ter. The trees will be missed for a while bu :-e is heeling the 
scars and the birds -~nd sqoi .lreae r homes. 

Thursday, November 14. Pleasant 

A short tisv ir. Merril J. Aaron spent the □ . 
hers and presented the Inn with a very fine photo, of the Grist 
Mill. It was one Mr. Aaron had taken himself and era to 

Lie sizable proportions. At the time, he called our mill ■ the 
•oat | aill in the *orld" ,ms to know a lot about 

photography and tonight, on his second visi 

the Grist Mill picture into the International Photographic Salon 
at Rockefeller Center, New York. This, of course, is criminating 
collection of earner . eork done by amateurs and professionals from 
all over the world. 

Friday, November 15 Co 

While looking through tl guest took, I 

found that on this tad ive or six traveler? from Illinois 

rtha Fowle*, who came from Honolulu, K. aii, to see 
the historic sights in lew England, ng them eur a Inn. 

November 10 to 16, 1946 

Friday (continued) 

The evening of the same day brou. _nd 

welcome visitor. He is Mr. Albert Haynes, the a master, 

who always walks briskly into the Inn and greets everyone with 
a hearty "Hello". 

This b lag Friday evening, Mr, Haynes conducted his 
dancing- class in the Large Ballroom. Many dinner guests 
wel ouse guests spent an enjoyable eveni vtators. 

Saturday, November 16 Lr and Cooler 

Early evening of this cool fall day brot 
fashionable wedding to the Martha - Mar;, tel 

Robbins of Hudson, Massachusetts, took her marriage vows. 

Immediately folio,. s ceremony, a buffet t,ea 
was served in the large Ballroom to a group of about 140 guests. 
Fancy sandwiches, cookies, rune .-. coffee were ■■ ell 

?,8 f to^eting .'hite "/ed(. ke. The cake - f by two 
lovely floral arrangements cont inia pink Lte sn : .rons, 
White tapers were also used on several i ie the 

picture cesplet ■ rovided a truly lovely background for 
the bride dressed in crisp arhite lace, to receive ussts. 



November 17 to November 23 

Sunday, November 17 

It would seem appropriate on this beautiful November 
Sunday to repeat some verses from Mr. Stidger' ; , "Lest Thou 
Forget". Mr. Stidger, it .rill be remembered, was formerly ■ Metho- 
dist minister ad resided in Detroit *here he Mr. Ford. For 
the past several yesrs, i.orv r, Mr. Stidger has been connect?/ 
with Boston University Li frequently a guest at the Inn. Some- 
time? he talk::, on the radio '<ed sever 1 books. This 
is one of 'lis finest oems tea not per- 
all five st-nzas. 

Lest thou forget in the jrearfl bet recti 
The beautiful things thine eyes have seen: 
Th - t of the sun and the silt en 
0; coi eba over a fi«3 en. 

The sz.cTPment scenes of de th sad birth; 

The tra idles tes 

Thes are the timeless things of earth! 

Reverence, worshi' , aad love yer, 
Kneeling alone at the altar st ir, 
the Infinite whisper there. 

William L. E 

Monday, November 18 Cold 

The temperature is more se so/- . The thermo- 

meter registered 33 degrees this morning. Mrr 
of the President of the Massachuset . Institute of Tec. 
enter t- in nd & fe : oth r a. luncheon 

served in the old Kitchen. The soup and Indi I ;- 

ter bo la n 1 tall he wooden Led 

ith shiny r<j on the cento of t le. 

Sir Ed;srd V. A r leton leton camo ov r from 

I five is to deli- lecture t the Institute 

accor in Boston - is seer Briti 


November J 7 to November 23 

Department of Scientific and. Industrial vol! i riti- 

fic advisor to the Crom. Sever-.! of Mrs. Com>- ton's gmv \* /ere 
Englis! re pie B. Bischoff, a fre- 

quent house guest. 

Tuesday, November Pleasant 

Mention "Grover Cronin 1 s" to any woman in i or there- 
abouts sad she will tell you that it is a good store; as good as 
ff&namaker's in Ne-? York or FiJ enes in Boston. Grover Cronin started 
his store in a small my, but h«.s gx >ged until it is now 

considered tf fix» shop in;: center. Mrs. Cronin has helped to 
"build" the store too, - n is a peasant, ovely looking 1 itii 

yish hair. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cronin come to the Inn often end 
tonight came again* This time they told of being here when they were 
youn , orty ye o, and ho^r, instead of poking along up the foot 
to hop over the stone walls I 

A gentleman's voice casie over ione this eveain, to 
order Christmas dinner. Also to say that after here on Christ- 
mas day last ye^r, he resolved to spend every Chri; : tm s here "from 

tacday, November 20 nier 

v -ry tall men roamed quietly through the house recently. 
They bought post cards and sat by the fire in the Barroom -vriti 
for quite a while. One became Lv3 and ivulged the faot that 
he used 'o *ork on the estate. He was at the Lam^on barn at the time 
of the big fire in the woods about 15 ye ad spoke of how close 
it came to the barn. Just as h leaving he said, "lou know am 
ror isc in oi fun to once in a r.hlle and 

look around ! n 

Mr. Funderburk vith four men chauffeur .ere luncheon 
guests. He stopped a moment to chat as fa b the B 

It he has knows Mr. Ford for many years nc his Engineer!: 
Company has an office in falthaau H Lb office is 

from Mr. Sdsel Ford, -written to Mr. Funderburk. 



November 17 to November 23 


Thursday, November 21 Pl. 

A log rolled over in the fireplace, Grandfather's clock 
■kipped a tick nd the Revolutionary /uuskat stirred in its ol 
ther straps as our dinner oeftt this evening proas I i ce in 
snappy manner, "Pitcairn", Bald he. It was at Bunker Hill, the Revolu- 
tion, a British officer, Major Pitcairn the made th .ous remark: ,/ 
"^isaerse you rebels I n The "rebels" ild not disperse, oi' course, and 
Major Pitcairn lies buried in a historic Boston church. His '^n :esjox 
stoou .'/here Colonel Ezekiel often of Pitcairn after Concord, 

Le Bunker Bill. Pitcairn* s name r:. familiar bell in 

this old Bar room. The hostess, one hundr< seventy-one years 
after, ami hen the present Mr. Pitcairn asked, "C,-,n you spell the 

Friday, November 22 Rain 

Although this was a rainy day, ona of the Boat Interesting 
visitors of the season happened into the Inn. He was Mr. Werner Bally 
from Switzerland, a member of the famous Bally shoe factory family 
makers of practically the most expensive shoes in orld. They 
are famous for exclusive ski boots which sell for $75.00 per pair. 
Mr. Bally was charmed with the Igm s he aa s leaving, , "Are 

you open tomorrow?" Anyway, he proa deed to come back v m. 

Saturday, November <3 Cold 

This was a very cold morniaa, so evryone scurri. und, 
partly in order to keep war bee use of preparing the Inn 

for two wedca. :ties. The fir. that of a Miss Poir -r from 
Waltham, vino enterta" irty of her relatives sad friends at a 
wedding luncheon after her a e earlier in the day. The second 
wed in cere performed in the Martha - Mary Chapel at 4 o'clock 
in the afternoon 'or Hiss Sarah Lelii. Jorthboro, & 
and M r . Aj^oXd W. C. Cswley. About 150 quests attended both the wed- 

ing ■ a^dL reception rrhich followed in the large BsJ . The bride 
and groom, members of the sedc a rty and quests -altzed to senti- 
mental tunes played b; :l-:irl trio. The bride' h bou uet ht 
by a youii ster a: y as confett 

ounly on couyle. 

November 24 to Novemi 

Sunday, November 2U Pic: 

The Harvard - Tele football game mat 

v t yes- iy you;. came 

over from Ne^ Haven. Both crimsoi : ->lue re t the 

Inn and discussed the vari us "plays - in front of our o res which 
fe] m cold bleachers. Last 

evening tho dining rooms sere jammed 1th handsoa ; attractive 

11 dress ad for w rmth in fur co rid jackets tad other 
winter togs. Today they were easily identi i -he Sunday guests 
most of them slightly dejected on their ck to Ne^ oae of 
the losing tc 

Monday, November 25 Pleasant 

It was lmost too ?arra today to h ' - re in the old kit- 
chen, but one w^s "ighted r.nd it a joyed by Mrs. Gross 
rnd her guests who I iincheon th On th er 
bovl filled with ra »r berri . id bitte - it, as rell as the 
red and white striped t-?ble cloth aB Lonal *ooden bo .1 of 
Ided color to the room. 

Among Mrs. Gross's guests :, the 

of Sir Lancelot B. rrington flood, a famous surgeon risil i this 

.try. Mrs. Gross lives neerby in bhe old Pennain house :us- 
b tnd is olso a doctor at the Childrens* he in Boston, 

Tuesday, November 26 Pleasant 

Recent Guests 

A geatlesnB from ?ex?s in broad-) I hat on his first 
visit to Nov England. Hi i Law 

School in 

a Henry W. Longfellow III ,vho spent several is 

no* livin mm c roc • 13 .use 

for tli© U.S. Plywood Comr ny. 

A descendant of G- irs. Ruth 


time ution. 


November 24. to November 30 
Wednesday, November 27 Warm 

e for f iving arc throughout the 

house. Fragrant odors are l an the kitchen and from the 

dining room come soun I table ; iver rettlir 

In the front of the house ^3 small pni are b jld 

tra. and yellow and russet as* 

to be placed on the room tables. Outside by t 
front door corn;: have V Ltl 

arr se. We don't think the 1 cy 

long, however, as air irrel has been nibbling at one of 

them. From the barrc . him running briskly in -nd 

out of Lth lusci us pumpkin eeeds in his mouth. He 

is getting his Thanksgiving dinner day early* 

Thursday, November Very \ I at 


The very first thing we had to be thankful for this morning 
■ the I nl sunshine and co hie temperature and the cle 
blue sky overhead, Next we gave thanks for this precious old Inn which 
was to be the home-f or-e-day to six hundred odd peep] e . Here they 
would find the traditi ia t-n • . New 2 . Thanksgiv- 

ing: pine sheatl lis, sturdy Carver chairs, snowy a able cloths, 
iron kettles, children, vimothers, a spinning wheal, fireplace*, 

but not least, turkey. Promptly at thirty minutes ve 
by the "sombre* clock, ev in rea::ine^. ?oon aJ rds 

the dining rooms were buzzing imily parties, , old 

young and many in-bet/seen-ers. In the old Kitchen, P rl 
room, r wait ;n 

r on the house. Youn- people of colle numerous, 

several meeting their parents after _n two mont. 

A couple, like &r. ond Mrs. Brya:. -ksgivi: 

here for eight or ten years, expressed their sentiments i' way, 
"If Vt i*t come to the Inn on T 

lonely day. Our chit t any. This i 




November 24 to November 30 


Thursday, November 28, (continued) 

Another lonely his little boy have come every 
year for the past three. The Huckinti, however, are pro* ,he record 
breakers, this being their twentieth year in succession. All of -.rhich 
m->kes Thanksgiving day not a day for turke only, but 

day '.Then more i iitions and valuations to be observed: 

friendship, thankfulness, family gatherings *n reverence for the past. 
All these and more were found at the Inn today. 

Friday, November 29 Partly Cloudy 

The Inn is resting today and reflecting on its Thenksgivti 
In a nut-shell, it e&a a vsry satisfactory day. Over six hundred and 
fifty people were pleased to have had their turkey dinner here. They 
spoke of its old-time simplicity, the shite and dark meat, good home 
grown squash, mashed rot- toes sod rich brown gravy. And the piesl 
Most of the men spoke of the mince, but there were appl< Ln, 

too. We can't go on- «e Ired, but happy I 

Saturday, November 30 Fi ir nd Colder 

Interesting overnight guest 'or two nights has been Madaoe 
Gurney-Raymorir> from Boston - a vocal th Let. This, of course, is 
a most unusual occupation and our guest believes ttt&t fcfcrc : r 
breathing and singing exercises, almost any ailment a cured. 
She has helped many deaf people, corrected curvature of the spir 
f.nd other afflictions pronounced by <. octors to be incurable. Judging 
from the vitality, rosture and cheerfulness of the Madame herself, 
the tr fcs are beneficial; she bein. r- 

ing hardly more than sixty. She told us that she expects o Dive to 
be one-hundred ^nty years old. Anyway, she is a charming per- 
son and charmed ,ith the Inn - so much so be plana to spend 
Christmas here. 

Dec&iber 1 to December 7 

Sunday, December 1 Warm 

Like a herald announcing the urrival of the first December 
morning, 1946, t doe pranced by the Inn at Lj hour and ran into 
the sheep pasture here she was seen by our house guests, Mr. and Mrs. 
Hills, The sheep stood by, aghast at the sight of such e stranger 
and watched their uninvited ,puest gallop away to the hills. It 
unfortunate for Sir. and Mrs. Hamilton, other house guests, who vere 
well on their way to Bridgeport, Connecticut. Yesterday the Hamiltons 
spent two hours at dusk f watciiing and waiting for two deer ^fhich had 
been reported seen near the Chapel. 

Monday, December 2 Cold 

The ground was white with a tiiin covering of snow this morn- 
ing and the thermometer registered only twelve degrees above zera. Oar 
house guest, Mme, Ciurney-R^yaond , teacher of "Vocal Therapy" in Boston, 
was delighted to see the o>no*n and said it made a perfect ending to her 
visit. Kadaiae is quite a character Iks most entertainingly of 
her experiences on the operatic ■ here she spent sixty years of 
her life. She has ^"ur-t retired at the age of seventy and is teaching 
among other things, Corrective king*, fPerfect Poise" zn£ how to 
build a "Vital Personality". After her walk this morning Madame s id, 
"I think now I have seen everything,- grindin i mill, v deer 

in the pasture with the sheep and ju3t now the school bus nest by with 
the children goinr: to the Redstone School"* 

Rev. Mr. and Rev. Mrs. Henderson were house guests last night. 
It was their fourth wedding snniversEry. 

Another minister and his wife came for luncheon, bring! 
with them a tiny baby in a basket, well protected from the cold. She 
stayed f cooing contendedly f by the fire in the old dining room irfvile her 
parents were eating. 

Tuesday, December 3 Cold 

Old Man Winter in a thin white mask flew over the country-side 
yesterday and like Paul Revere, spread the alarm that -inter itself 
would soon be here bringing -vith it the discomfort of ice and snow. 
Our sheep heeded the warning and this morning were carried by truck to 
their Inter quarters on Dutton road. We shall miss their b*a-ing, 
though not a very cheerful sound. 

December 1 to December 7, 1946 

Wednesday, December U Warmer 

Among our luncheon quests were Mr. and Mrs. Hoey from 
Connecticut. He came up on business and while he was gone, 
Mrs. Hoey sat by the fire knitting, his Chris tm-.s socks. She 
wan e chc.rmin.-v person and joined in with . ny conversation that 
happened to be going on. 

We told her about ourChristmas activities, the children* s 
party ao£ the pageant and she/ in turn-, told ab ut hers in the small 
country town wh^re she lives. She told of cooking in the old- 

hioned way by n open fire when a bdisurd housed her and two 
small children for three days. Supplies began to live out *-jk! 
she resorted to atJcin;:-' pancakes to take tl - m of breed. Thi» 
delighted the children at first, but ev>n pa&eeJcaa become tiresome 
when you br-ve to eat them three times o y. One day she put on 
her skis sad went to a neighbor's house. She came triumphantly 
back with a chicken nd a lo ol >red. Like the woman in pioneer 
days she was dependent upon her neighbors. It was the milkman who 
finally ;ot her hed out end connected with the outside world. 

Thursday, December 5 Pis he nt 

Anticipating a very busy day tomorrow, the Inn today ia 
getting an extr* polishing and cleaning. First to come will be & 
group of children from the Anj-ier School in Waban ho a ■ Icing 
Colonial Life their project for the year. They have gone so far 
o :-et up a colonial kitchen in their school buildin: ; nd are 
furnishing it as best they c^n with househol equipment of the 
period. This morning's rj.^-il br "1st of mentions the chil- 
dren would like to have answered when they arrive tomorrow* 

Did roofs of straw leak? 
Who taught the children? 
How did they mvke wigs? 
How is hasty pucdin^ m^de? 
Were there books to red? 

Friday, December 6 Pleps.'nt 

The children arrived ajf l^nne^ attd of ;ues- 

tiona; not all on their li.^t, bart nuiy not on the list ^ere answered, 
At noon time, the kitchen (modern) had prepared ^cially old 
type of luncheon: creamed codfish n baked ot to, Indian pudaing 


December 2 to Deceiabar 7 

ice cream. After this the children watched the dancing 
class and to end on exciting day, they were invited to do a 
•■drills themselves . 

Later in the afternoon a wedding of special interest 
took r;lace in the Martha-Mary Chapel It «M tht l of Betty Harring- 
ton and Dr. Harry T. Van Buy sen. Betty is one of the charter mem- 
bers of the Mary Lamb school, having been in the very first class 
under the leadership of Miss Hopkins. Her ure ( t, great &r£indmother 
was Alice Howe, born at the Inn* It sm fitting then, th- t Betty 
should co i her recent position in New Htven to be married 
here. A reception for about one hundred followed the ceremony. 

Saturday, December 7 Pleasant 

At noon an old kitchen luncheo reed o e group 
of ten men and women. The party m s given by Mr. Earle A. Brooke 
of Newton Hi s in honor of Dr. Getchell, a seventy-eight*" 
yet r- old professor who has just retired from the teaehi ff 
of Boston University. 

This evening the Inn be setting for a Sudbury 
party under the direction of Mr. Charles lay. Thirty-four 
couyles end Mr. Albert Haynes, dancing master, rrived in full 
evening dress: the men in tuxedos sod their 1 dies wearing 
bright, flowing gowns. Roast of bewf was ten r c'inn r 
which old-fashioned dancing w s enjoyed in the large Ballroom. 



December S to December 14. 

Sunday, December 8 PI on win t 

Mr. and Mrs. Knox from Boston fit interesting guests 
for dinner. They vere a couple from Em-land who recounted many 
•xperienees and reminded us of cur good fortune in ha via ity to 
in the present day, "Why", the lady, "there was enough on 
my dinner plate to feed us In England for o >le week I B She 
beamed when telling of bf oo buy four pair of shoes in Bos- 
ton. "You see", she said, "I haven't had a ne,? pair of shoes since 
the beginning of the war. 1 ' Among her experiences was the strain 
anc ty of living in an area which was bombed ever, le night 
from November to March. TThen it present conditions in 
England she explained that while the peo- Le tare .air best 
to get "righted" and working very hard, progress -,as slav due to lack 
of materials. 

Monday, December 9 Warm - Cloudy 

Two 'ayside Inn Boys School graduates were heard from 
today. Tony Angelieo who has been working in the kitchen sends us 

a t card from Naahvi. le, Tennessee on which he says, "HV.l.- 
there. Look for me next spring". He was on his wp.y to California 
where he ^as stationed during tho »ar and where he hopes to get 
in touch with R elGreco who also gr u ted from the Boys Scho. 

The other boy appears in an advertisement in this month's 
Yankee Magazine. Allen's Country Stare offers for sale "Bxclusi 
Souvenir Tile of the historic Wayside Inn *» Money-E .ck Guarantee" 

Wilfred Allen ted from the school in the 1930' s 
has been coming nr in the vorld ever since. One may drive by 
his store and always there is sonr outside to catch the eye: 
skooters, children's vsrheel-l , oil c;d itly painted 

B incfeasina line o old sic- a ad "one hoss Shays" rather 
faded but full of rom nee still. Lately Santa Claua In leigh 
on the roof to eli;;,ht the call ran and incident- llyl 
lure the pa rents into the store. 



December 8 - 14, 194-6 

Tuesday, December 10 ft rtly Cloudy 

The unusually ] .her continues and Old Man 
winter's orning last w eek that winter itself sa* just ar ae 
corner hr-s not material! /.ed. Winter has not even peeked aroun the 
corner! Many guests evidently fcght be their last 

nee for ride in the country, so hopped in their ears and drove 
to the Inn. Qaite a number or luncheon dinner - 

craong them the omer of ■ hotel in Holyoke, Massachusetts 
friend who is planning to o old t oon. He joking 
for ideas, he 

esday, December 11 \n - Sunny 

This unbelievable ©c - continues « It enticed 
quite a f nd sew :;uae for tea. 

In the mi .out table decorations Tor Chri 

among the hostesses urin, uiet moment later in bhe day, Mrs. 
r*rived i • her tsro chil >a., alien, 
.h ? jusc a >nths old. b*he .. ; id, "I down 
one c: ih ot&er in their respective c rts". Allen's 

m s bright red and made dy. fl 

siting ap for trie trip b e saomun .:eing 
made out Oi' ;hite cotton. Allen i s thrilled when another snowman 
apeom ^esented to him. The t by a old 

on everyone)* 

Mr. Schroeder c me in to have dinner later on. He 
usually brin lenwtaiag he has picks in t »od*« this time 

he whs lookia o ■ inter berries to :ut in i a for his sister- 

Thursday, December 12 

A young a 
unasaal ttfi uest thi3 eve his "girl- 

friend" • He g-^ve his n;tae 

his t gran r, Nichol gio, 

tive to the United St tes about 1330 - 40. An ■*■■ 
a fleet of sailing vessels bich br ught .-pices to Americ... 
tsmyrn:: in Greece. He made a gr of money this ' y. Uur guest 
seemed more int 1 in U than the y un son. 

3 echoes here of the C 
ived . 


December 3-14, 194.6 

Friday, December 13 Very Cold 

Today brought the second cold snap of the . , but 

never-the-less the Irui vrelco up of thirty-., our school 
children n, Massachusetts. This was the seco; up 
from Ssban; the first coming a -seek i , 'en 

r visit dtli a conducted tour through .the Inn, then 
ran to the ttedstone School, Chapel ?ind Mill. Setstn 1 th 
plenty of fr - in their 1m ad roaes in their ■.. , they 

unoheon which consisted of chowder, 
created codfish, id Indian Pu L aer which 

might have been served to a fourth at or ; ~ hundred years 

ago. In the afternoon the children matched our .. in 

the . z-om. 

urday, December 14. Cold 

More season her lias cose, br Lth it 
the Ch it. Our Chri 'ty lor school c ;-,n, 

emrioy scheduled .-or xira. "ing, the 19th. 

The tree decorations have been looked over and r< 
ribbon* have been pressed. About a hi stock* 

Confidentially, some red brick crepe paper has been be 

wy and is suit, saeH- 


December 15; to December ?.l 

Sunday, December 15 "indy 

The Inn was put to its full usefulness this afternoon 
when ninety-four boys and girls of high school age came over from 
the Congregational Church in Needhem to hold a candlelight service 
in the Ma tha-^ary Chapel and to hsve a Christmas dinner in the 
large dining room. The service km their o?/n vith no intruders, 
and pa judge it *afl o ': Impre.'Sivenesr; :nd solemnity. The 
youn^ rao^le marched a ay from the chapel, down the hill and 
the ro r,he Inn, carryir ndles to gold* their path. 

In the dinin.- room thev four utiful Christm. 

oicture of the Martha-Mary Chapel at £ach place. In :ide the folder, 
printed in red letters, Baa lae ait^r-.'nn. •: ■ r m, the young 
pe.. Lvlxty of their I ic sad recitation*. "This is 

to become an annual event", s id Reverend Mr. Co ■tslfttar of 
the church. This *ai their second year. 

Monday, December 16 Clear & Cold 

Mr. Coulter aaa very busy today, both in and out oi the 
house, rutti:: jtric candles in all ( en night 

came guests begrn driving by on their 1 y to the | t the 
H. joyed seeing the Inn up or Christmas. 

People spoke v-^ry hi, ily of the ccroa boys 

ised especially those ho took the principal parts. One of 
the nailer boy3, *J Ilr rr ington , -rith 

good Uf.lity, . angels' son not! For ! I 
brinr you good c gyl w During th- of "Away 
in a Man:er" curtains ere dram b ck an .icone oi' he Nativi- 
ty "?s revealed. On each si e the boys in th ir 
made a frame or i lovely scene end e gl.. al&j eoatr t to the 

Lue of Mary's dress. The *fhole effec by the 

light of m my twin' .here s a long appreciative 

ail t boy had disappeared to of "Joy 

to the World t" 

Tuvs<h:y t December 17 Cloudy 

fir. Williams irom Ho: , who is 1 ured, jolly 
rort of person aad n olfi friend 1: tntart in: ty in 




Tues ay, December 17,(cont0 

oil Kitchen this evening. Elghte teen 

relatives. During the evening, an elegant Birth ay c<.ke, decorated 

s green:- de by one of the 1 :ent, 
pieced in front of the host. This turned the party into a very 

■r. 7illiams sho ;te surprise b,,- blush- 

Crom e. r o ear. 

Wednesday, December 18, Cloudy-77::rm 

In be : >r uncheon mad ••.ttending to 

the guest filling stockings at long 

lar can -y chil- 

dren's Christ rty to be held tomorro :v-ning. Bad ribbons 
we 2 on all the Mr. Davieau brought them in. The 

brass knocker at the front - : ■ 1 rge one and smaller 

the li - 
ile rithin, Miss Die.- t "It look? just like u- 

tiful Christmas card!" In the .irs. Gillan, st; over- 
night on I y to Cleveland, Ohio, sat by the ftra, helping to 
fill the last stock : up the l;.<st pr ts until late 

in the evening. 

Thu- December 19 Pleasant 

Just : r 'ter sapper, many o: Suobury 

pped in voolaa winter or their 
ride to b Inn ■ nd the annual Christr ty. One of 

then, med, ly in ^oubt >s she 

had seen in a local store, but added, "I 
at the ';' y ide Inn ill be re l! H Ye;?, incieeu he s v ry r-. 

ons tract e 
large Ballroom! Carols had been sum nd Mr. Pro.scott as master 
of jaies h t the ice in ion. He 

listened, then look the ohl 

bells ws heard, one tiny tot from the I .a room, r 

he coul o . .: he ■ - 

for -:v_ ry boy un i stocking filled 
with candy. The gro n-ups as aa joyed ice 

ich 8 r .erry Christmas to 



member 15 to 21, 194-6 

Friday, December Snow 

The Inn took on a pre-Chri- ct today; jacy 
whi laid over the whole countryside by the fir: 

snc -r. Simeons, dinner , with 

et of -rpples, oraa es, .. oil gift. 

Mr. Siirunons is oi' • son- 

tly ia 
ihr is one of th« re* o: our f nests who 

ci tion of the Inn 11 it stands 

for o. 


■^ld this evening b 

and :ere. It -rous b certain ind of 

mat used ii Ball room and DJ 3 

This is called gleae*, ; shiny m by 

the ctured by Hr. Bra" - entertaining the 

employees of his company. 

e matori 1 is a nc act which is fireproof • nd 

was troctively over the dinii 

curtains in the - Iroom brill i o1 Lve 
air to the ole Inn. 




Deceaber 24.-28, 1946 

Sunday, December 21< at 

It was a silent r. ped over a winding ro 

towards the Wayside Inn. Not a creature stirring. Every man, 
woman and child and every bird and beast seemed to be in tal- 
ly atly in anticipation of a great event. Tho ro 
ged up a low hill and around a curve and no throu 

the vill Bedford, There from its center church spire a bell b. 

liliar s of "Silent Ni oly light". We 
sto tied from tiny vindovs L uses. 

trians hi tea and stood reverently -=P 

in Heavenly Pe?ce n ended this belove bis. On we drove, 

meetin-; Santa Cl^us himse 
whi Harry Christmas 5" lovel;. id red 

1 the /in 
until nierns, suggestive of Dicken, th 

to a 1 ill i v a in every h :nd 

lighte La. It was the v?ayside Inn. Pnd just a short ride beyond, 
the most beautiful sight of all met ou^ eyes. I- fcha- 

Mary Chepel, Lnple - domed by Ch t 

It stood out in the darkness of this silent, holy night, a veritable 
beacon of apirl r. It strer. messa 

of faith in Go will 

Monday, December 22j Git 

; Miss . 
to* the barrc - 

remarked, "Nov th?. n has officially c 

the I" The Misses Die oh came to the Inn, on a- 
enpe: ;'rom an: illm 
illnes: renucu 

to i.'0 home, they sill feel refreshed aady to c or 

Mrs. Winfred Ikoades, who the old 

house In Sudbury : i Mr, ; 
ago, i it • Sac 

the lo tellings, the pi. telled roc , 

the Ir pent o 





December 21-23, 19^6 


Tuesday, December 24. Pleasant 

The gaiety of a Christmas rith stockings md tree and 
tiny children -??as brc -o the Inn tonight by the ffatkla Hy 
from Manchester, Connecticut. They came, fourteen in all, vith 
ha; and more boxes |S and last of 11, a Ch 

aich they set up in the Parlor. it they placed 
colorful packages to be opened in . The.. 

fore t. told stories tang red j;tockin t - s o r .i t.he 

mentlo for tba "young fry" The youngest vere a be 
san>3 Chrl carols in lusty tones and cc-.rv'- : ;ir tunes 
ter th a their host. After they had been "mucked 

in", their elders popped corn and passed around cookies and cakes 
th>: i folk ht with them, J 1 the 

hour end housekeepers Tore invited to join in t ;s" 
more e.:rol singing. After all had vished a Merry Ch: i-tmas 
to "I'-us stol. or chianey an 

Tilled the steekin 

Wee.- oceaber 25 ny 

Christmas Day this year . s remarkable for thfl 
the r tot too col and for lis blue sky. I^-ny visitors 

enjc . beef or turkey and all the chilaren 

joy: ; Lte snowmen on . '. i-oom table*, fj 

their bright red scarves, shiny black ha 

and ul eni I forth smiles - 


In the e rd Eorotrc , tor has 

worked he^ :ance fo ' 

Thes'. you- 1 '. 

good time hat is more they do t 

Mr. Haynes said it as one of the <-cups he aver *0 

Thursday, Decern 

The Thrifts ood one Tor lookin„ over 

Christmas cards. Many c 'ressed to the I sts 

who Ivtvo not visited metime,yet .vho hoi -niory 

the pleasure of s' or instance, 

Westerly, Rhode la] rid Mrs. Marsh who been 

a "long, lonf time since ve have met". Her c - ae 





ui rat 

December 21-28, 1946 

Thursday , ( continued) 

others, depicts j rn scene *ith stage rolli y in the 
dist nee. Several c ri eaae fro y.^ide Inn School b o this 
ye< ^ b : I one more name to their family sign* tare* 

Here is one from r lddie Ne ! The feeslf 

is a trin impersonal. It is from "yo.. ■■• 

And so on y "day after". 

iay, December 27 Very Cold 

This mornin, Kiss * invited Mi; J.3S Joan 

Dieffenhaci to ride vith her to Concord. There they vi 
bull's Country Store, painted rod and famous for sports togs. You 
buy chec .hirts l-here nd Xo :len socko on 

our guests brina b: ck a bit o: old-fashioned candy 
■lee "necktie. It's a favorite r.astiine to ro-.m aroon 
the maze c merch and th n rest your feet 

■re lunchn -old house, painted r 

run by Mr. Trumbull. This is just r 7hat the Dieffenbachs and Miss 
Fisher did on this .inter morning vrtien other places, more famous 
in Concord history, rare closed. 

December 28 Very Stormy 

Our first real, hosest-to-goodness -:no;> .and sleet storm 
..olay making the Feather very ur. he 

bride v&s happy and sailing, however, as sia .._-!•_ of 

the Martha -Wary Chapel this afternoon arm - in - are fith her hu 
bnd. She ^as a deer little bride, Miss Muriel Humphries free "ffay- 
lanri, and her ^eddins: was one c h. 

She si it bo s»td 

guesta :ty. A h . consisting o^ chicken salad and 

ice ere m, v?as arranged in the small ball-room as t! hurri 
in the snoa free the Chapel to the Inn. And in spite of dv .; a- 
ther conditions, all the traditional . carri 

through; the cutti bride's 


A c oarty for one hi 

ny o ' '71 ric room 

this even, 'onder the direction of ^r. Haynes 

in the lax Iroom. 

December i ry U t 194.7 

Sunday, December 29 Stormy 

/.round The Inn 

Abbot Smith, real estate dealer, theological student 
and hotel or/ner from I bh, M^ ine, t Iked on cur phone with hie 
irife in M-ine, his gr in Hew Bedford, Mass bro- 
ther in Sudbury. S^id h* different from the communication 
system a hundred ye: rs agol" 

S::r: ins of "AbJ h me, fast 1 iie eventide", 
flo: into the bar room as the hostess pre] to close the 
Inn. A dinner ;roup lingered around the old spinjJt and at is 

beautiful closin, hymn. 

Ralph G mble, men Westchester Coun- 

ty, New York, liked thtf Lmity of the Inn to the Middlesex Ea*.ii- 
torium. He has a Piinceton clac re, convalescir. 

Monday, December 30 Sunny 

With regret I I Miss Ann Dieffent >rh- 

ing. While she for ; he eleven o'clock r Worcester, 
Miss Swift, who is staying here with Mme. Gurney-Rvymond, went out 
to heir. Miss Dieffenbach #ith her 1 i . Eleven fifteen ease and 
the; still standing in the icy \ind. Just then Mr. Saint 
drove out of the parkin ce. Miss Ann s,-id, "I hope he'll be 

int and pick me upl" And sure er. he was and he di 
she -iven to Marlboro rrhere thor- m rr it. 

Before left later in 

batted if she might see our kitchen. to 

her, 1, "Now I ..I have seen the house from 

cellar to attic I" She had been u little st irs i, Ray- 
mond's room and peaked at the attic yesterc 

Another overnight ,ruest, Rev. but 

nt minded, came into the barroom out 

the rocket in his car and deposited the det Q the fire only 
to discover he ha. keys b the 

constern^tionl No one seemed to kiio* what to do until a your 
uietly rose, reached ior 

ire on to thfc h .d cool 

off harmlessly. Mr. Lo^el] • ily ir